Ritz Architectural Systems Inc. Fined $60,000 After Two Workers Injured
NEWMARKET, ON - Ritz Architectural Systems Inc., a supplier and installer of metal cladding, roofing and panel systems for buildings, has been fined $60,000 after two workers were injured in a fall from scaffolding.
On September 28, 2012, two employees were installing fascia and soffits on a building under construction at 370 Tower Hill Road in Richmond Hill. The workers were working from a scaffold which was mounted on wheels and supplied for their use by their employer.
The wheels on the scaffold were equipped with a locking mechanism on each wheel. The workers tried to engage the locking mechanisms before getting on the scaffold but three of the four locking mechanisms were not in working order and would not engage. In addition, the scaffold sat on a slight decline.
While the workers were standing on the scaffold, it rolled off the sidewalk, tipping over with both workers on it. Each worker was critically injured as a result and suffered broken bones
Ritz Architectural Systems Inc. pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by law in the Construction Regulation were carried out in the workplace. The legislation (Ontario Regulation 213/91) requires that scaffolds mounted on castors or wheels must have suitable braking devices on each wheel and have the brakes applied when a worker is on the scaffold; the legislation also provides for other safety rules such as the use of guy wires to prevent tipping and full body harness, depending on the circumstances.
The company was fined $60,000 by Justice of the Peace Roberto Zito in Newmarket court on December 8.
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
Ontario Court of Justice
465 Davis Drive
Justice of the Peace Roberto Zito
Date of Sentencing:
December 8, 2014
Ritz Architectural Systems Inc.
formerly known as
Ritz Metal 2000 Inc.
3320 Elmbank Road
Occupational health and safety
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Ontario Regulation 213/91 (Construction Projects Regulation)