ThyssenKrupp Canada was fined $375,000 on Tuesday, for a potentially fatal breach of elevator safety laws in which a man was injured.
After a 25-day trial, Avrich-Skapinker found ThyssenKrupp guilty in December of four offences that stemmed from an incident in July 2009, when an elevator in a west-end Toronto condominium plunged just as a man stepped inside, trapping his foot. Horrified bystanders on board were able to pull him in and prevent a worse situation but the man’s ankle was severely gashed.
In July last year, The Canadian Press reported on widespread concerns about worsening elevator reliability and safety across Canada. Several observers blamed the situation on the handful of multinationals, including ThyssenKrupp, that control the industry.