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Wasero Construction (1991) Ltd. Fined $65,000 After Workers Injured

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Wasero Construction (1991) Ltd. Fined $65,000 After Workers Injured

Ministry of Labour

BARRIE, ON - Wasero Construction (1991) Ltd., a Concord construction company, was fined $65,000 after two workers were injured.

On August 3, 2012, workers were removing concrete cut out from a pre-fabricated concrete sewer pipe at a construction project on Miller Park Avenue in Bradford. The concrete was being removed in order to install a manhole. A chain was to be attached to the piece of concrete and a backhoe to prevent it from falling. However, one end of the chain had not yet been attached to the backhoe when the piece gave way and fell down. A worker standing near the pipe was hit by the falling concrete and suffered multiple injuries. Another worker who was also removing the concrete received a minor injury.

Wasero Construction (1991) Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that every part of a project was adequately braced to prevent any movement affecting its stability or causing its failure or collapse. 

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Ann C. Forfar. 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

45 Cedar Pointe Drive

Barrie, Ontario

                                   

Judge:

Justice of the Peace Ann C. Forfar

                                   

Date of Sentencing:

June 24, 2014


Defendant:

Wasero Construction (1991) Ltd.


Matter: 

Occupational health and safety

                                   

Conviction:

Ontario Regulation 213/91, Section 31(1)(b)

Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 23(1)(a)

                                     

Crown Counsel:

Jason Tam

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