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News » Canada » Mississauga renovations business fined after 10-storey fall » published 30 Nov 2017

Mississauga renovations business fined after 10-storey fall

A company based in Mississauga, Ontario, has been fined CA$60,000 after a worker fell from a Peterborough building.

Pro Renovations Solutions Inc of 11-4040 Creditview Road, Suite 193, Mississauga, was working as a subcontractor, making repairs to an apartment building in Peterborough. A worker on the 10-storey building lost balance at the roof edge and fell to the ground, sustaining critical injuries as a result. The worker was not protected by any form of fall protection while on the roof.

The accident happened on 1 November 2016. Several Pro Renovations Solutions employees were setting up a swing stage on the roof of the building. Another employee went to the roof to bring a wrench to the workers who were setting up the swing stage. That worker was not protected by any form of fall protection while on the roof.

After giving the wrench to a co-worker, the worker went to another part of the roof to assist others, lost balance at the edge of the roof and fell 10 storeys to the ground below.

The court found that Pro Renovations Solutions Inc failed as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 26.1(2) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 (the Construction Projects Regulation) were carried out at the workplace, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health & Safety Act. Section 26.1(2) states that "if it is not practicable to install a guardrail system... a worker shall be adequately protected" by one of the following fall protection methods: a travel restraint system; a fall restricting system; a fall arrest system or a safety net.

The company has been fined CA$60,000 in Peterborough Provincial Offences Court. The court also imposed a 25% 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.

 

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This article was published on 30 Nov 2017 (last updated on 30 Nov 2017).

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