Roofer, Enbridge Fined in Separate Worker Deaths

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Crawford Roofing Corporation, a Toronto-based roofing company, has been fined $150,000 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). A worker died after he fell through an unprotected skylight in 2010.

Justice of the Peace Patrick Marum levied the fine at the sentencing hearing, Nov. 14, at Ontario Court of Justice, 1530 Markham Road in Toronto.

None of several workers replacing the roof at a single-storey industrial complex located on Kennedy Road was wearing any fall protection gear. No signs warned workers about a fall hazard. A worker had stepped on an opening covered by paper and fell about six meters to the concrete floor; he died from head trauma.

Crawford Roofing Corporation pleaded guilty to failing, as a constructor, to ensure that workers were adequately protected, and failing to post signs to warn workers of a hazard.

Enbridge Lawnmower Provided No Protection

A North York firm, Enbridge Gas Distribution Ltd., has been fined $150,000 for an OHSA violation; a worker was killed while cutting grass on company property.

Enbridge owns and operates a facility near the St. Clair River, in Mooretown. On Oct. 11, 2011, a worker was operating a riding lawnmower, owned by Enbridge Gas Distribution, on the lawn, which slopes down to the river.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the seatbelt restraining assembly on the mower was not working properly. A roll-over protective structure provided no protection; it was secured in a folded-down position.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure the seatbelt restraining device was maintained and operating properly. Justice of the Peace Anna Hampson fined the company $150,000, in Sarnia Ontario Court of Justice.

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fines, under the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist crime victims.

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