Court Bulletin - Hard Rock Paving Company Limited and Hard Rock Construction Inc. fined a total of $180,000 for injury of two workers

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Court Bulletin - Hard Rock Paving Company Limited and Hard Rock Construction Inc. fined a total of $180,000 for injury of two workers

STRATFORD, ON, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - Two Port Colbourne-based companies - Hard Rock Paving Company Limited and Hard Rock Construction Inc. - were convicted after trial and fined a total of $180,000 as a result of injuries suffered by two workers.
On December 10, 2008, Justice of the Peace S. M. Woodworth heard that on September 19, 2005, in Perth County, two workers were attempting to remove asphalt in a cement tank by using a propane fuel torch to heat the asphalt. The workers suffered third-degree burns when the cement tank exploded.
Hard Rock Paving Company Limited was fined $60,000 for failing as an employer to ensure that asphalt cement was not exposed to an ignition source contrary to section 25 (2) (h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and was also fined $60,000 for failing as an employer to provide adequate information, instruction and supervision to workers contrary to section 25 (2) (a) of the OHSA.
Hard Rock Construction Inc. was also fined $60,000 for failing as a constructor to protect the health and safety of workers by ensuring that asphalt cement was not exposed to an ignition source. This was a violation of section 23 (1) (c) of the OHSA.
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.
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Court Information at a Glance
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Location: Ontario Court of Justice
Courtroom 2
1 Huron Street
Stratford, Ontario
Judge: Justice of the Peace S. M. Woodward
Date: December 10, 2008
Defendants: Hard Rock Paving Company Limited and Hard Rock
Construction Inc.
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Crown Counsel: Natasha Wilson
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