Company Director Fined for Not Ensuring Workers Use Safety Belts
NORTH BAY, ON - A director of ADN Stucco Ltd., a company based in Mississauga, has been fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure that workers using elevating work platforms used safety belts to protect them against falls.
The workers were performing stucco work on the exterior of a building at 1221 Algonquin Avenue in North Bay on October 2, 2011, when an inspector of the Ministry of Labour arrived at the property, a five-storey office building. The workers were employed by ADN Stucco Ltd.; the company director is Cemal Coksurer, who also owned the building.
The inspector observed that although the elevating work platforms were being moved as part of the job process, three of the four workers using the platforms were not wearing safety belts attached to the platform in order to protect them against falling.
In court on March 21, Coksurer pleaded guilty to failing, as a director, to take all reasonable care to ensure that ADN Stucco Ltd. complied with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Justice of the Peace Michael J. Moreau imposed the fine of $3,000.
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.
Slips, trips and falls are major hazards for workers in the industrial and construction sectors. Particularly in construction, falls are among the leading causes of critical workplace injuries and fatalities.
Court Information at a Glance
Ontario Court of Justice
200 McIntyre Street East
North Bay, Ontario
Justice of the Peace Michael J. Moreau
Date of Sentencing:
March 21, 2014
Occupational health and safety
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Ontario Regulation 213/91 (Construction Projects)