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Workplace fatalities

  • Content last reviewed: October 2017

Workplace fatalities have a tremendous impact on families, workplaces and communities. The following postings are intended to raise public and personal awareness of workplace hazards, fatal incidents and occupational health and safety resources to assist with vigilance about workplace safety, and preventing workplace injuries and fatalities.

This page contains postings of de-identified fatalities which occurred in regulated workplaces. Please note that at the time that this information is published on this page, the Ministry has not made any final determinations with respect to the fatality. The postings are developed with the intention of safeguarding the privacy of individuals involved and the integrity of MOL investigation and any possible legal proceedings.

Please note that these postings are not intended to provide a comprehensive record of all workplace fatalities in Ontario or an up-to-date record of the details of the fatalities. This information does not constitute a comprehensive record, and is included to provide general resources for prevention value.

Everyone deserves to come home safely at the end of the workday.

Recent fatal incidents

Date of Incident: September 2017
Location: Central East Region
Posted: October 12, 2017

A worker fell off a horse and suffered fatal injuries.

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Date of Incident: September 2017
Location: Central East Region
Posted: October 12, 2017

A worker was fatally injured after an elevator motor and its component fell from its rigging.

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Date of Incident: August 2017
Location: Northern Region
Posted: October 12, 2017

A worker was pinned between collapsed trusses, and fatally injured.

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Date of Incident: July 2017
Location: Central East Region
Posted: August 25, 2017

A worker was fatally injured after being caught in a manufacturing machine.

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Date of Incident: July 2017
Location: Eastern Region
Posted: August 25, 2017

A worker was digging near a water pit embankment and was found unconscious in the excavator cab after it tipped and later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: May 2017
Location: Northern Region
Posted: August 25, 2017

While cutting trees, an individual was fatally injured when a tree fell.

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Date of Incident: May 2017
Location: Central East Region
Posted: August 25, 2017

A worker was injured after falling down a steep incline and later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: May 2017
Location: Western Region
Posted: August 25, 2017

A worker fell while working on the roof trusses of a barn and later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: April 2017
Location: Western Region
Posted: May 12, 2017

A worker fell out of a vehicle, struck the ground and received a fatal injury.

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Date of Incident: April 2017
Location: North Region
Posted: May 12, 2017

A worker was fatally injured when they were pinned underneath the tires of a dump truck.

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Date of Incident: March 2017
Location: Central East Region
Posted: May 12, 2017

A worker was fatally injured when a concrete pre-cast panel the worker was unloading from a truck fell on the worker.

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Date of Incident: March 2017
Location: Central West Region
Posted: May 12, 2017

A worker standing on a raised skid fell while moving boxes and later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: March 2017
Location: Western Region
Posted: May 12, 2017

A worker sustained fatal injuries after a masonry block wall collapsed on the worker.

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Date of Incident: February 2017
Location: Central East Region
Posted: May 12, 2017

A worker was fatally injured when their clothing became entangled while working on a machine.

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Date of Incident: February 2017
Location: Northern Region
Posted: May 12, 2017

A worker was crushed inside a vehicle by a concrete slab causing fatal injuries.

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Date of Incident: January 2017
Location: Western Region
Posted: May 12, 2017

A worker entered a confined space containing a nitrogen blanket depriving the worker of oxygen.

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Date of Incident: January 2017
Location: Central East Region
Posted: February 2, 2017

A worker was fatally injured while cleaning a concrete mixing machine.

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Date of Incident: January 2017
Location: Central West Region
Posted: February 2, 2017

A worker sustained fatal injuries after being pinned underneath a reach truck.

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Date of Incident: December 2016
Location: Eastern Region
Posted: February 2, 2017

A worker sustained fatal injuries when they became caught in a cheese cutter machine.

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Date of Incident: November 2016
Location: Western Region
Posted: December 23, 2016

A worker was fatally injured when a conveyor component fell over and struck the worker.

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Date of Incident: November 2016
Location: Western Region
Posted: December 23, 2016

A worker fell from a roof through a skylight and was fatally injured.

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Date of Incident: October 2016
Location: Northern Region
Posted: December 23, 2016

A worker was fatally injured when struck by mobile logging equipment.

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Date of Incident: October 2016
Location: Eastern Region
Posted: December 23, 2016

A worker sustained fatal injuries when a wall collapsed.

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Date of Incident: October 2016
Location: Central East Region
Posted: December 23, 2016

A worker unloading a trailer was pinned by a skid steer loader. The worker later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: October 2016
Location: Western Region
Posted: December 23, 2016

A worker was struck by a tree at a woodlot. The worker later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: October 2016
Location: Western Region
Posted: December 23, 2016

A worker was fatally injured when the riding lawn tractor they were operating tipped over.

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Date of Incident: October 2016
Location: Central East Region
Posted: December 23, 2016

A worker sustained fatal injuries when they were struck by a truck.

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Date of Incident: September 2016
Location: Eastern Region
Posted: October 15, 2016

A worker sustained fatal injuries when the bucket/platform they were working in tipped over.

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Date of Incident: August 2016
Location: Eastern Region
Posted: October 15, 2016

A worker sustained injuries while using a compressed air nail gun. The worker later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: August 2016
Location: Central West Region
Posted: August 30, 2016

A worker fell from a crane while trying to move telephone poles and sustained fatal injuries.

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Date of Incident: August 2016
Location: Central West Region
Posted: August 30, 2016

A worker was crushed while on a scissor lift and was fatally injured.

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Date of Incident: August 2016
Location: Eastern Region
Posted: August 30, 2016

A worker was fatally injured when drawn into the discharge end of a ready mix truck.

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Date of Incident: July 2016
Location: Western Region
Posted: July 26, 2016

Material being hoisted fell from its rigging and fatally injured a worker.

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Date of Incident: July 2016
Location: Western Region
Posted: July 15, 2016

A worker was fatally injured after being trapped between a wall and excavator.

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Location: Western Region
Posted: July 7, 2016

A worker on a residential roofing project fell and was critically injured. The worker later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: June 2016
Location: Central West Region
Posted: June 16, 2016

A worker was crushed between a loading door and a truck trailer while directing a truck trailer toward a loading dock. The worker later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: May 2016
Location: Central East Region
Posted: June 6, 2016

A worker was completing a shingling job alone on a roof. The worker was later found on the ground. The worker succumbed to their injuries while on site.

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Date of Incident: May 2016
Location: Central West Region
Posted: May 17, 2016

A worker suffered fatal injuries when caught between the guardrail of an elevated platform and the underside of a raised structure.

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Date of Incident: March 2016
Location: Eastern Region
Posted: March 31, 2016

Ice from an excavation wall fell onto a worker.

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Date of Incident: March 2016
Location: Western Region
Posted: March 24, 2016

Individual was performing mechanical work under a vehicle. Vehicle fell off of supporting blocks. Individual later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: February 2016
Location: Central Ontario
Posted: February 24, 2016

Individual was struck by mobile equipment at industrial site. Individual later succumbed to injuries.

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Date of Incident: February 2016
Location: Western region
Posted: February 24, 2016

Individual was struck by barn door on a farm.

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Disclaimers

General

This summary has been compiled from information identified by the Ministry during initial investigation of fatalities in Ontario workplaces. At this early stage, the Ministry cannot verify that these fatalities are related to a hazard(s) in the workplace or that they are within the ministry’s jurisdiction. While any Ministry investigation into a fatality is ongoing, the Ministry does not comment further on the specific circumstances of the fatality. Please note that this webpage will not be updated as investigations into fatalities progress.

Information resources

The health and safety resources provided are from a variety of sources and are intended as information only. This information does not constitute legal advice. To determine your rights and obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations, please contact your legal counsel.