Company Fined $50,000 Total After Worker Injured
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - Lakehead Roofing & Metal Cladding Ltd., a Thunder Bay roofing company, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On May 29, 2012, a worker was removing materials from a roof as part of a re-roofing project at an industrial establishment in Sault Ste. Marie. The worker was using a fall arrest system with a safety line connected to an anchor point. The worker moved to assist two others at another part of the roof but did not shorten the lifeline before going over to help. The worker's lifeline was slack while assisting the other roofers. When a concrete slab broke underfoot, the worker fell 14.3 meters before the fall arrest system engaged. The worker suffered serious leg injuries.
Lakehead Roofing & Metal Cladding Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the fall arrest system was arranged to prevent a worker from falling to hit the ground or an object below the work.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Philip Stanghetta. 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: Ontario Court of Justice
426 Queen St. E.
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Justice: Justice of the Peace Philip Stanghetta
Date of Sentencing: September 24, 2013
Defendant: Lakehead Roofing & Metal Cladding Ltd.
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Conviction: Ontario Regulation 213, Section 26.6(3)
Crown Counsel: Catherine Glaister