The town of Bracebridge was charged on Tuesday, Aug.14 by the Ministry of Labour for a tractor rollover that injured a worker’s ankle last summer.
Town of Bracebridge charged in workplace accident.
CEO John Sisson
Rachel Cockburn received 22 fractures and three dislocations in her foot when a tractor rolled onto her while she was doing trail maintenance on the Wilson’s Falls Trail near the entrance from Wilshier Blvd.
Cockburn said she was driving the tractor with a load of gravel down the hill when the tractor slipped, lost control, and tipped over onto her. She was taken to Bracebridge hospital, and three weeks later needed surgery to reshape her foot.
The incident took place on Aug. 31, two days before Cockburn was scheduled to finish work and go back to school at Nipissing University in North Bay.
At the time, the town said all employees were required to do the same health and safety training whether they are summer staff or full-time staff.
John Sisson, CEO for Bracebridge, confirmed there was a charge, but wouldn’t reveal any details.
“The town is currently reviewing the matter,” he said.