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Family of man crushed by paving machine receives $40K fine to Paradise firm

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Gerald Hiscock, 54, was trounced in workplace demise in 2019.
  • Rosemary Ivany and her daughter, Jessica Ivany, felt a sense of comfort outside the regional court Tuesday.

Almost three years to the day since her brother was crushed under a paver, Rosemary Ivany can eventually stop holding her breath.

Despite his demise, she states, the guilty requests from her brother’s employer presented her a peek into his final moments, replying to questions that had weighed on her mind daily.

“I’m happy that this day is finally here. Now we have some resolution to it. We have a better understanding of what occurred that day,” Ivany stated Tuesday, speaking to journalists outside the local courtroom in St. John’s, where her late brother’s employer had just got a $40,000 fine for failing to take care of the machine that would ultimately kill one of their workers.

Gerald Hiscock, 54, had worked for Paradise Paving for nearly five years, according to Ivany, who explained to journalists the pleasure Hiscock took from his trade.

“He valued his job. He loved what he did … he wanted to be using that machine,” Ivany said.

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Almost three years to the day since her brother was crushed under a paver

“If I can take anything from this, it’s that he passed doing something he loved.”

Ivany says the firm, too, cared for Hiscock — but not sufficient to avoid the failure that eventually killed him and pulled his family through years of severe uncertainty, wondering what happened that day.

“There’s no one there to tell you precisely what the findings were,” Ivany stated, “till you attend the court proceedings and find out.”

The firm failed in maintaining machines: judge  

Judge David Orr read out a recap of Hiscock’s demise on Tuesday before condemning the firm to its penalties.

Hiscock had been going backward down a driveway in May 2019 when he dropped from the paver he’d been operating. It moved over him, crushing him.

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