ELFA Realty Inc. Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured
Brampton, ON - ELFA Realty Inc., operating as Prudential ELFA Realty, a Brampton commercial real estate and property management company, was fined $60,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On October 6, 2010, workers from the company were demolishing part of an industrial building on Rutherford Rd. S. in Brampton. They were removing the existing sheet metal roof by cutting sections from the roof and letting them fall to the ground. After taking a break, the workers used a scissor lift to regain access to the roof. One of the workers stepped from the lift onto a section of roof that had been cut. The worker fell to the ground 7.62 meters below.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the workers had not been wearing fall protection.
ELFA Realty Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that workers exposed to a fall hazard of three meters or more were protected by an adequate form of fall protection.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Barnes. In addition to the fine, 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
5 Ray Lawson Blvd.
Judge: Justice of the Peace Barnes
Date of Sentencing: January 22, 2013
Defendant: ELFA Realty Inc. operating as Prudential ELFA Realty
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Conviction: Ontario Regulation 213, Section 26.1(2)
Crown Counsel: Daniel Kleiman