Ingersoll Ontario, On Monday January 16th 2017 an Ingersoll employee was injured while working to store Winter Lights displays at the Parks Facility located on Ingersoll Road.

 

While storing the winter lights, within the building, the lights shifted and fell resulting in the injury of the employee.  The injury sustained is defined as a critical incident under the OHSA. The employee is recuperating at home and is expected to make a full recovery returning to work when healed.

 

As a critical incident the Ministry of Labour was notified and an Occupational Health and Safety Inspector attended the scene the following day, to take observations and make orders as deemed appropriate. Three orders were given and the Town is working on addressing the issues in a timely fashion satisfactory with the expectations of the Ministry.

 

The Town’s Joint Health and Safety Committee, which is made up of certified employees and managers, conducted their own investigation and are developing a number of recommendations to be incorporated across departments within the Town.  Additionally standard operating procedures will be considered and all departments are reviewing their safe handling and storage of materials policies.

 

As with any investigation by the Ministry of Labour there is a potential that fines could be levied should it be determined that the Town failed to meet its entire obligation under the OHSA.  The Ministry has up to 12 months following their investigation in determining whether charges are applicable.

 

The Town of Ingersoll take the health and safety of its employees and citizens seriously and will work to improve any deficiencies that are found.

For more information please contact:

 

William Tigert

Chief Administrative Officer

519-485-0120

wtigert@ingersoll.ca