Great Northern Insulation Fined $125,000 After Worker Fatality

March 2, 2020 10:30 A.M.

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Convicted: Great Northern Insulation (GNI), a Woodstock ON insulation company

Location of Workplace: Gravenhurst, ON.

Description of Offence: 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 contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the OHSA.

Date of Offence: November 23, 2018.

Date of Conviction: February 25, 2020.

Penalty Imposed:

  • Following a guilty plea, Justice of the Peace J. McMahon, sitting in Provincial Offences Court in Parry Sound fined the company $125,000. Crown Counsel: Tom Schneider.
  • 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.


  • The young worker (25 and younger) worked out of GNI’s Gravenhurst location. On the morning of November 23, 2018,  the worker and a coworker had just left a work site in Magnetawan in their truck. The worker was driving.  They had left the worksite because there was no room to park their truck. They we’re going to head to another job site.  They were in the process of turning around at an intersection in Magnetewan when the driving conditions convinced them to install tire chains as the road was very slippery.
  • The workers were installing chains on the front driver side tire when 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.