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Muskoka Post Staff
On Feb. 25 Great Northern Insulation was charged and fined $125,000 for failing to protect a Muskoka employee at a Gravenhurst job location.
The young worker, 24-year-old Devin Gilpin from Huntsville was working in Gravenhurst on the morning of November 23, 2018, him and a coworker had just left a work site in Magnetawan in their truck. Officials say Gilpin and his coworker left the worksite because there was no room to park their truck. They were on their way to another job site and driving conditions at the time convinced them to install tire chains as roads were slippery. During the install of the chains on the front driver side tire the truck, which had not been properly immobilized, started rolling and sliding forward and fatally ran the first worker over, before coming to a stop in a snowbank.
Great Northern Insulation is an insulation company located out of Woodstock, the business was charged under Occupational Health and Safety Act with failing to take reasonable precautions in the circumstances for the protection of a worker from the hazard of being struck by a moving vehicle not adequately immobilized when installing tire chains.
Following a guilty plea, Parry Sound Justice of the Peace J. McMahon fined the company $125,000. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent 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.