Lakehead Roofing & Metal Cladding Ltd., a Thunder Bay roofing company, has been fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, after a worker was injured.
Last May, a worker was removing materials from a roof at an industrial establishment in Sault Ste. Marie. The worker was using a “fall arrest system,” with a safety line connected to an anchor point. The worker moved to assist two others at another part of the roof, without first shortening the lifeline. A concrete slab broke underfoot and the worker fell 14.3 meters before the fall arrest system engaged. The worker suffered serious leg injuries.
Lakehead Roofing & Metal Cladding Ltd. pleaded guilty in Sault Ste. Marie Court of Justice, to failing to ensure that the fall arrest system was arranged to prevent a worker from falling (Ontario Regulation 213, Section 26.6(3)).
Justice of the Peace Philip Stanghetta imposed the fine. A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fine.