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Ontario company fined $85,000 in death of mechanic from air-spring mishap

December 30, 2019
By the Canadian Press
Compliance & Enforcement Health & Safety Occupational Hygiene Transportation death fatality Mechanic ontario Vaughan

Worker was killed by shrapnel following 2018 explosion

NEWMARKET, Ont. (CP) — An Ontario company that repairs heavy-duty vehicles and equipment has been fined $85,000 for the death of a mechanic.

Ruggieri Brothers, of Vaughan, Ont., pleaded guilty under provincial health and safety laws.

The worker was killed in May of 2018 while installing a replacement air spring on a dump truck.

The Ministry of Labour says the worker over-inflated an air bag with compressed air and the plastic base exploded.

The man was killed by the shrapnel.


Evidence indicated that Ruggieri Brothers failed to ensure he was a licensed mechanic or registered apprentice.

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