Starland Contracting Ltd. and Director Fined $38,000 Total for Failure to Comply with Law
TORONTO, ON - Starland Contracting Ltd., a Mississauga construction company, was fined a total of $29,500 for multiple violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The company's director was fined a total of $8,500 for further violations of the Act.
On November 25, 2010, a Ministry of Labour inspector visited a construction project where Starland Contracting Ltd. had been hired to build a self-service car wash. The inspector noticed a worker on the roof of the car wash without fall protection or a hard hat.
On January 12, 2011, the inspector paid a follow-up visit to the site. Murad Ebeid, the company's director, was on site at the time acting as a supervisor. The inspector went to speak with Ebeid, who uttered profanities at the inspector, told the inspector to leave the project and made threatening gestures and comments towards the inspector. Ebeid also refused to show identification to the inspector when requested.
When another inspector visited on January 13, 2011, the company was unable to show the inspector a Notice of Project or a Form 1000, a document that lists all employers and subcontractors on the site. The inspector issued orders for the documentation but it was not provided by the compliance date.
After an ex-parte trial, Starland Contracting Ltd. was fined:
- $14,000 for failing to ensure that a worker was adequately protected by fall protection
- $1,500 for failing to ensure that a worker was wearing protective headwear
- $14,000 for failing to comply with an order issued by an inspector.
Murad Ebeid was fined:
- $5,000 for hindering, obstructing, molesting and interfering with an inspector
- $3,500 for refusing to provide information requested by an inspector.
The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Mindy Avrich-Skapinker. 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
70 Centre Ave.
Justice: Justice of the Peace Mindy Avrich-Skapinker
Date of Sentencing: March 11, 2014
Defendant: Starland Contracting Ltd.
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Crown Counsel: Neil Gobardhan