Ladder safety

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You could be held responsible for them in Ontario …
Court Bulletin
Aldershot Greenhouses Fined $100,000 After Worker Killed in Fall From Ladder

February 29, 2016 3:45 P.M.

Ministry of Labour](

HAMILTON, ON - Aldershot Greenhouses Ltd. pleaded guilty and has been fined $100,000 after a worker at a greenhouse operation died after falling from a ladder.

The incident took place at the company’s facility at 347 5th Concession Road East in Waterdown on January 8, 2015.
A worker was performing the task of watering bales of potting soil.

Each bale is about eight feet tall, wrapped in plastic and rests on a skid.
To water a bale, a worker must reach the top of the bale using an eight-foot-tall ladder, install a homemade watering wand into the top of the bale and turn on a timed, metered water pump. Each bale is watered with about 100 gallons of water.
When watering is completed, the worker climbs a ladder to reach the top of the bale, removes the water wand, climbs back down, moves the ladder to the next bale and repeats the process.

On the date in question, a worker was in the process of switching the wand from one bale to another.
While reaching over from the first bale to the next, the worker misstepped on a ladder rung, lost balance and fell to the floor.
The worker suffered head injuries and died in hospital several weeks later.
Aldershot Greenhouses Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker on how to safely water bales, and was fined $100,000 in provincial court by Justice of the Peace Stephen Lancaster on February 25, 2016 in Hamilton court.
In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Good Information Roy, it does pose an interesting question though.

The fine was $100,000 and on top of the fine was a $25,000 surcharge “as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.”

So the question is “Where does the $100,000 go?” Things that make you go hmmmmmm!!

If it was my $100,000:00 I would be wondering where the Money would be coming from .


Too funny Roy. I wonder if E&O insurance would cover it?

Does car insurance cover speeding tickets?

Not on your life!


Ladder Safety - Here’s a couple of photos. This was taken four days apart. Niagara Parks Commission development. This is a crown corporation and if anyone should be adhering to the rules these guys should. It appears that working at heights regulations are not taken seriously even by government employees and sub-contractors.
8th March

12th March

I do believe the ladder has slipped slightly to the left at the top in the second one. Nicely tied off top and bottom. I hope the Hon. Kevin Flynn MPP - Minister for Labour gets to read this ](*,)