Truck driver killed in ‘catastrophic’ dump truck failure at Brampton scrap yard

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Published June 19, 2023 at 3:56 pm

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A scrap metal recycling company has been fined $85,000 after a worker was killed when a dump trailer fell onto their trailer cab in Brampton.

The incident happened on April 5, according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, at a scrap yard on Intermodal Dr. in Brampton.

The driver of a truck employed by Global Metal Sources was instructed by yard workers to park the trailer on level ground next to another truck and trailer that was already parked, the ministry said in a release.

After parking the truck, the driver opened the back of the trailer and got back into the cab and began elevating the front of the dump box. But the box then fell to the side while it was elevated and landed on the cab of the adjacent truck, fatally injuring its driver.

An investigation found that the bearings in the mechanism which allows the trailer box to be hydraulically lifted had not been inspected, lubricated and maintained over an extended time.

“This led to a catastrophic failure of the support shaft and allowed the box to fall from the trailer,” the ministry said in a release.

The ministry says a Brampton company listed as 1929259 Ontario Inc. failed to ensure the dump trailer was maintained in good condition. The company pleaded guilty and was fined $85,000, and the court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act, which is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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