Structform International Limited Convicted, Fined $85,000 After Worker Injured Falling Through Floor
TORONTO, ON - Structform International Limited, a Toronto company subcontracted to supply and install concrete formwork, has been convicted and fined $85,000 after a worker fell through a hole in the floor of a building under construction.
On April 22, 2009, employees of Structform were at work on a commercial building at 125 Queen's Quay East in Toronto. One of the workers was assigned the task of grinding the concrete floor of the fourth storey to prepare it for finishing work.
The worker noticed a piece of plywood on the floor and went to pick it up and move it out of the way; the worker was not aware that it was covering a hole in the floor. The worker fell almost 13 feet and landed on the third floor below. The resulting injuries included damage to the worker's foot and back.
Structform International Limited was found guilty of failing, as an employer, to ensure that an opening on a work surface had either a guardrail system or a protective covering that was securely fastened and adequately identified as covering an opening. The law requires employers to take the measures or procedures needed for safety.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace M.H. Conacher. 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
Location: Provincial Offences Court
70 Centre Avenue
Judge: Justice of the Peace M.H. Conacher
Date of Sentencing: June 6, 2013
Defendant: Structform International Ltd.
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Conviction: Ontario Regulation 213/91
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Crown Counsel: Jai Dhar