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Wednesday January 23rd, 2013

Posted at 2:08pm

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Facca Incorporated, an Essex County heavy construction contractor, was fined $60,000 in a court decision released today for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On May 30th, 2011, Facca Inc was working on upgrades to the Amherstburg Pollution Control Plant. Workers from the company were preparing formwork to be hoisted away from a concrete wall. One of the workers climbed to the top of a formwork panel and tied off to it using a harness.

While the worker was on the formwork it became detached from the wall. The worker fell backwards and the formwork fell onto the worker.

Facca Incorporated pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the formwork was adequately braced to prevent any movement that could affect its stability.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Hurst.

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.

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