A student was killed last week when he was run over by a bulldozer at the Taro landfill site near Hamilton, Ontario. Lloyd Ferguson, project manager for Dufferin Construction, said the 17-year- old youth was in the path of the bulldozer when it was backing up and ran him over.
The teenager was doing cleanup work around as part of a summer job at the construction site when the accident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dufferin Construction, one of Canada’s largest civil engineering contractors, has been employed for about 10 years at the Taro site, where it has built concrete liners and containment cells for the landfill. The bulldozer is equipped with an audible alarm system that activates automatically when the equipment is backing up.
An average of 42 young workers are injured or killed on the job every day in Ontario, according to the Industrial Accident Prevention Association. The group says that more than 15,000 young workers under 25 are injured in the province every year. They are 40 per cent more likely to be injured than older workers.