Ottawa construction company fined $70,000 after worker struck coming out of portable toilet

The incident reportedly occurred as the employee was exiting a portable toilet. The Canadian Press Images/Bayne Stanley

An Ottawa construction company is facing a $70,000 fine after a worker was struck by a backhoe after exiting a portable toilet in May.

The fine was imposed by the Ministry of Labour, and according to a report on the incident, the employer was found to be at fault because the toilet was positioned near a roadway in such a way that neither the driver of the vehicle nor the occupant of the toilet could see each other.

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The project was located on the Carleton University campus.

The ministry found that the company, McDonald Brothers Construction, violated Section 23(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which requires a constructor to ensure workers’ health and safety are protected.

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The worker sustained multiple injuries as a result of the collision.

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