WINGHAM, ONT. -- A work site fatality has led to fines against a Brussels, Ont.-area construction company.

Kurtis Smith Excavating pleaded guilty to Ministry of Labour charges after a worker was killed at a Listowel-area job site in May 2018.

Court heard that a worker standing in a hole was killed when a 1,600 pound post slipped from its chain, and fell into the hole, striking the person.

The Ministry concluded the company did not provide proper training to their employees, and were using improper techniques to lower the post into the excavated hole.

The company was fined $150,000, along with a 25 per cent victim surcharge.