Leamington Greenhouse fined after fatal workplace accident

Ontario Ministry of Labour. (Photo by Alexandra Latremouille)

A Leamington greenhouse has been fined $120,000 after a worker received a fatal electrical shock in 2018.

Great Lakes Greenhouses Inc. pled guilty to failing to comply with a section of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in provincial court this week.

During the fatal incident, the worker was re-arranging wiring and doing breaker work when he received the shock.

The Ministry of Labour inspection found that at the time of the incident, the power to the wires that the worker was working on was not locked out as required by law.

In addition to the $120,000 fine, the company is required to pay a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge. This surcharge goes to a fund to assist victims of crime.