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Company in Vaughan fined $85K in death of mechanic from air spring mishap

Ruggieri Brothers is seen in a screenshot from Google Street View.
Ruggieri Brothers is seen in a screenshot from Google Street View. Google Street View

NEWMARKET – An Ontario company that repairs heavy-duty vehicles and equipment has been fined $85,000 for the death of a mechanic.

Ruggieri Brothers, of Vaughan, pleaded guilty under provincial health and safety laws.

The worker was killed in May of 2018 while installing a replacement air spring on a dump truck.

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The Ministry of Labour says the worker over-inflated an air bag with compressed air and the plastic base exploded.

The man was killed by the shrapnel.

Evidence indicated that Ruggieri Brothers failed to ensure he was a licensed mechanic or registered apprentice.

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