OHSA Fines – January

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Harbour Sports Grille, a Toronto sports bar/restaurant carrying on business in Toronto as 1407640 Ontario Limited, has been fined $110,000 after being convicted at trial of 13 violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Court heard that the Ministry of Labour issued orders between June 2011 and December 2011. Harbour Sports Grille was charged with failing to comply with 13 of those orders, related to safety issues including the lack of a joint health and safety committee, required policies and programs (health and safety, violence and harassment), material safety data sheets and safety mechanisms.

Justice of the Peace Mary Anne Ross-Hendricks heard the case.

One Death, One Injury

On Jan. 23 in Brampton Ontario Court of Justice, English Prestige Builders Ltd., a company that provides real estate project management services, was fined $100,000 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure that the health and safety of workers were protected. One worker died, and another was severely injured, when a concrete wall collapsed on a project site in 2011.

A Ministry of Labour investigation concluded that a wall at a site collapsed because of an inadequate demolition procedure. English Prestige Builders was fined $75,000 for the death of the worker and $25,000 for the injury to the other worker. Justice of the Peace Eileen Walker levied the fine.

Unguarded Conveyor Belt

Iron Mountain Canada Operations ULC, a document-shredding company, has been fined $90,000 for an OHSA violation. A worker at a Toronto plant lost an arm in 2012.

A labour ministry investigation found that a worker’s arm got caught in a conveyor at a Toronto plant. The worker had reached through a closed gate, which had no lock or access restriction in place, while the conveyor was in operation.

Iron Mountain Canada pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that a hazard on the conveyor was equipped with, and guarded with, a device to prevent access to the pinch point.

Justice of the Peace Mary Anne Ross-Hendricks imposed the fine Jan. 16, in Ontario Court of Justice, Brampton.

 

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to OHSA fines, 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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