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News » Canada » Roofing company fined over serious fall » published 19 Jan 2018

Roofing company fined over serious fall

A roofing company has been fined CA$55,000 after worker fell through a roof opening in Brampton and sustained serious head injuries.

Always Roofing Ltd of 97 Homesdale Road, York, Ontario, carries out commercial, industrial and institutional roofing work throughout southern Ontario. The company had been hired to replace the existing flat roof of the building. Following the removal of a skylight, the workers did not install a guardrail system around the opening nor did they place a protective covering over the opening.

An Always Roofing employee was applying glue near the skylight opening, walking backwards and lost balance before falling through the skylight opening. The worker fell approximately 27 feet to the ground below, sustaining critical head injuries.

Always Roofing failed to ensure that either a guardrail system or a protective covering was used to prevent a worker from falling through an opening on a work surface as required.

The Ministry of Labour investigated and concluded that Always Roofing Ltd committed the offence of failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 26.3(2) of Ontario Regulation 213/91(the Construction Projects Regulation) were carried out at a workplace. This was contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Following a guilty plea, the company has this week been fined CA$55,000. The court also imposed a 25% 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 19 Jan 2018 (last updated on 19 Jan 2018).

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