Thunder Bay supplier fined $17,500 for health and safety violation

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Thunder Bay supplier fined $17,500 for health and safety violation

Ministry of Labour

THUNDER BAY, ON, Nov. 28 - George O. Hill Supply Limited, a Thunder Bay supplier of rental machines, tools and equipment for use in workplaces, was fined $17,500 on November 24, 2003 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. On February 15, 2002, two workers were elevated about 4.5 to 6 metres (15 to 20 feet) in a "basket," which was attached to a zoom-boom man lift (elevating work platform), when an upper attachment bracket broke on the basket causing the basket to tip forward. The workers were able to stop their fall by grabbing onto a chain hanging from the basket and slowly lowering themselves to the ground. No injuries were reported. A Ministry of Labour investigation determined the workers' employer, Pascol Engineering, a shipbuilding and repair business, had rented the zoom-boom man lift earlier that day from George O. Hill Supply Limited on Balmoral Street in Thunder Bay. The ministry determined the upper attachment bracket had cracks prior to it being rented to Pascol Engineering. The zoom-boom man lift was being used to do repair work on a vessel situated in a dry dock at Pascol Engineering's premises on Shipyard Drive in Thunder Bay. George O. Hill Supply Limited pleaded guilty, as a supplier, to failing to ensure the zoom-boom man lift was in good condition. This was contrary to Section 31(1)(a) of the act. The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman of the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay. In addition, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Court Information at a Glance ----------------------------- Location: Ontario Court of Justice 110 North Archibald Street Thunder Bay, Ontario Judge: Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman Date / Time: November 24, 2003, noon Defendant: George O. Hill Supply Limited Matter: Occupational Health & Safety ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information:Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Shantanu Roy, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-6483