Court Bulletin - Woodall Construction Co. Limited and Victoria Steel Corporation fined $150,000 for injury of worker

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Court Bulletin - Woodall Construction Co. Limited and Victoria Steel Corporation fined $150,000 for injury of worker

WINDSOR, ON, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - Woodall Construction Co. Limited and Victoria Steel Corporation were found guilty after trial and fined a total of $150,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice on December 15, 2008, after a worker was injured.
Justice of the Peace Susan Hoffman heard that Woodall Construction Co. Limited was working on a project at 1235 St. Luke St. in Windsor, and had contracted Victoria Steel Corporation to install the building's frame. On October 6, 2004, a Victoria Steel Corporation ironworker, while fitting a beam into place, asked another worker to loosen the anchor bolt connecting a supporting column to the ground. The loosening of this bolt caused the support column to collapse. The ironworker fell over 11 meters and suffered broken bones, a collapsed lung, and a dislocated shoulder.
Woodall Construction Co. Limited was fined $75,000 for failing, as a constructor, to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 31(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 were carried out. This was contrary to section 23(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Victoria Steel Corporation was fined $75,000 for failing, as an employer, to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 31(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 were carried out. This was contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
In addition to the fines, 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.
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Court Information at a Glance
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Location: Ontario Court of Justice
251 Goyeau St., Suite 300
Windsor, Ontario
Judge: Justice of the Peace Susan Hoffman
Date: December 15, 2008
Defendants: Woodall Construction Co. Limited,
Victoria Steel Corporation
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Crown Counsel: Jennifer Malabar and Katherine Ballweg
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