16 Dec 2014

Worker suffers head injury after fall from scissor lift

Ministry of Labour

TORONTO, ON - Bombardier Inc. and its aerospace division has been fined $75,000 after a worker fell from a scissor lift at its Toronto facility, suffering a head injury and broken bones.

On July 24, 2013, the worker at the company's facility at 123 Garratt Boulevard was working on a plane engine and used a scissor lift to do so. The worker fell about five feet to the concrete floor below. The worker's other injuries included a dislocation and scrapes.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that the worker fell because the end gate of the scissor lift was held open by plastic ties and the latch was taped over. The investigation also determined that the worker did not carry out the required daily check on the lift before using it.

Bombardier pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that equipment, materials and protective devices provided by the employer were maintained in good condition at the workplace, and was fined $75,000.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Catherine M. Shoniker in Toronto court December 12, 2014.

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.

Safely Working at Height

The need to provide suitable equipment is detailed in The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) for which downloadable information is available

Due to the flexibility of the Good to Go Safety checklists, they allow a competent person to specify the frequency of their checks – whether this be a daily/weekly/monthly check, a 7-day check or after alterations/periods of severe weather. Indeed some equipment may only come out of storage once in a blue moon, at which point a pre-use check can be carried out.

Each checklist is specific to the equipment being used. So whether it be a ladder, tower or MEWP you will follow a step-by-step walk-around to check safety critical components before placing the completed checklist inside a tag on the equipment for everyone to see the findings and current status.

Each completed checklist is created in duplicate to ensure that findings are not only displayed on the equipment but that a record is retained as part of your Safe Equipment Management System (SEMS) which can prove invaluable in the event of an accident investigation. By having evidence of completed equipment checks, documented dates, signatures and findings it shows that you have taken appropriate steps to minimise the potential for equipment failure. More importantly, it might help save someone’s life in the process.

Visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk for your safe equipment management systems.


  1. I think that if the worker had a safety harness on, he would not of hurt himself in that fall. Workplace safety is one of the things that big companies need to strive more for. Too many people get hurt on the job. I know that if I owned a company, I would for sure have it be a safe place for my employees to work. http://www.businessbasics.com.au/compliance/safety/

  2. It is really hard to hear this news. Mostly scissor lifts are safety equipments surrounded by railings which has there is no risk of fall. But if any companies use low quality parts for making scissor lifts ,there is a big chance for accidents. If you want to buy Scissor Lifts ( http://www.pentalift.com/lift-tables/multi-stage.php ) for your firm you must be make sure that the things that used for making those equipments are of good quality.

  3. This is one of far too many examples out there, in which extremely high costs are paid by both the employee and employer, when said employer attempts to cut costs by taking shortcuts. By doing things right the first time, this company would have saved the well being of their employee and a great deal of money.

    Terry Wagner @ Michael Jeffries Law


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