Sheet Metal Contractor Fined $65,000 After Worker Injured
L'Orignal, Ont. - Reg and Son Sheet Metal Inc. of Oakville was fined $65,000 on May 20 for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after a worker was injured.
On June 14, 2007, a worker received arm and back injuries after falling through an opening in the roof of a construction project at 3001 Richelieu St., Clarence-Rockland. The worker was gathering roofing materials with a wheelbarrow, stepped backwards through an opening and fell about six metres.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that Reg and Son Sheet Metal Inc. did not cover openings it made in the roof the previous day. The company knew workers would be on the roof the next day.
Reg and Son Sheet Metal Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to protect the worker from falling through the opening with either a guardrail system or a protective covering.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Basile V. Marchand. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
Court Information at a Glance
Location: Ontario Court of Justice
36 Court St.
Judge: Justice of the Peace Basile V. Marchand
Date of Conviction: May 20, 2010
Defendants: Reg and Son Sheet Metal Inc.
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Conviction: Ontario Regulation 213/91, Section 26.3(2)
Crown Counsel: Katherine Ballweg
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