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Thursday January 17th, 2013

Posted at 3:09pm

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Coco Paving Inc. has been fined $170,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On June st 2011, Coco Paving was installing sewer and water main connections on McKay Avenue, when near end of the day, the driver of a front-end loader went to retrieve dirt from a work area and take it to a stockpile farther down the street. Rather than turn the vehicle around, the driver operated it in reverse, and while backing up, the front-end loader fatally struck Takis Escoto, an employee of Coco Paving, who was crossing the street.

Coco Paving Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a vehicle at a project was not operated in reverse when there was a practical alternative to doing so.

In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% 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.

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