Windsor company fined $50,000 for ignoring orders

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Windsor company fined $50,000 for ignoring orders

WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 7 - Great Events & Tents Inc. of Windsor was fined $50,000 on December 18, 2007, for repeated failures to comply with Ministry of Labour orders. Between June 7 and September 12, 2005, the Ministry of Labour repeatedly inspected Great Events & Tents' 7950 Anchor Dr. location as part of its high risk initiative. It issued dozens of orders for numerous violations. The company failed to comply with several of the orders and the ministry laid charges. Justice of the Peace Maureen Ryan-Brode, presiding at trial in the Ontario Court of Justice, found Great Events & Tents Inc. guilty, as an employer, of: - failing to comply with an order to post at a workplace a health and safety policy, contrary to Section 66(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act; - failing to comply with an order to provide instruction to its workers on safe lifting techniques and proper material handling, contrary to Section 66(1)(b) of the act; - failing to comply with an order to provide a guardrail at an open side of a mezzanine storage area; contrary to Section 66(1)(b) of the act; - failing to comply with an order to provide an eyewash station, contrary to Section 66(1)(b) of the act; and - failing to comply with an order to provide a material safety data sheet for controlled products, contrary to Section 66(1)(b) of the act. Justice of the Peace Ryan-Brode fined the company $10,000 on each count. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge on the total, 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, Courtroom 302 251 Goyeau St., Windsor, Ontario Judge: Justice of the Peace Maureen Ryan-Brode Date: December 18, 2007 Defendants: Great Events & Tents Inc. Matter: Occupational Health and Safety Act -------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.labour.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Courtney Harris, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 212-7508 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Courtney Harris, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 212-7508