Johnson Controls Fined $155,000 For Worker Death

The death of a worker in Tillsonburg last year has resulted in a fine of $155,000 for a auto parts maker.

In January of 2013, 51-year-old Rafael Figueros of Ingersoll was killed on the job at Johnson Controls Ltd on Townline Rd. in Tillsonburg.

He was doing maintenance work on a metal mould when the metal hook holding a lid open snapped, causing the lid to fall on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that no blocking devices had been used to prevent the elevated lid from closing while Figueros was beneath it. That omission violated Section 74 of Ontario Regulation 851 for Industrial Establishments and Section 25(1)(c) of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Johnson Controls pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that machinery, equipment or material that is temporarily elevated and under which a worker may pass or work was securely and solidly blocked to prevent the machinery, equipment or material from falling or moving.

In addition to the fine, Johnson Controls was ordered to pay 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.