Bridge painting company faces hefty fines after scaffolding collapse
WINDSOR, Ont. — The Canadian company that was contracted to repaint the Ambassador Bridge has been fined $21,000 for safety violations that left two people dangling precariously from scaffolding.
Although a Canadian company was involved in the incident, the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services (MDCIS) notified the company of the violations.
"The incident involved Canadian workers and a Canadian firm, however we were able to enforce Michigan’s worker safety laws since it occurred on the U.S. side of the Ambassador Bridge," Kathleen Wilbur, director of MDCIS told local media.
A total of seven charges were laid, each carrying a fine of $3,000, but the company plans to fight the charges since regulations vary greatly between Michigan and Ontario. Company officials claim human error was the real cause of the incident, and it’s fortunate that nobody was killed as a result.
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