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Constructor and Supervisor Fined $67,000 Total After Inspection

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Constructor and Supervisor Fined $67,000 Total After Inspection

Ministry of Labour

North Bay, ON - Vrancor Development Corporation, a Burlington construction company, was fined $65,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a routine inspection. Sean Kehoe, a supervisor with the company, was fined $2,000 in relation to the same inspection.

On February 19, 2009, Vrancor was constructing a hotel and retail space on Champlain St. in North Bay. A Ministry of Labour inspector conducted a routine inspection of the project. The inspector noticed that the entranceways to and from the work area were obstructed and issued an order to keep the routes clear. When the inspector visited the site the next day, the entranceways were still not clear.

Vrancor Development Corporation was found guilty of failing, as a constructor, to keep the routes to and from the work area clear of obstructions and fined $40,000. Sean Kehoe was found guilty of failing, as a supervisor, to ensure the same and fined $2,000.

The company was also found guilty of failing to comply with an order or a requirement by an inspector and fined $25,000.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace James Bubba.  In addition to the fines, 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

                                    200 McIntyre St.

                                    North Bay, ON

Judge:                         Justice of the Peace James Bubba

Date of Sentencing:    February 25, 2011

Defendants:                Vrancor Development Corporation

                                   Sean Kehoe

Matter:                        Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                 Ontario Regulation 213/91, Section 72(a)

                                   Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 66(1)(b)

Crown Counsel:          Jennifer Malabar


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