Court Bulletin - Ottawa-area companies fined $133,000 after worker injured



    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW/ - Two Ottawa-area companies were fined a total of
$133,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, May 29, 2008, following an incident
in which a worker was injured.
    Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault heard that on May 2, 2006, at a
construction project at 1961 Trim Rd., Ottawa, a worker was installing a beam
to support roof trusses when the beam gave way and the worker fell 9 to 11
metres to the ground. The worker was employed by Horizon Construction Group
Ltd., of Nepean, Ontario, a sub-contractor hired by Brigil Homes of Gatineau,
Quebec, to work on the project. Court heard the worker was not wearing fall
protection and suffered numerous injuries.
    On April 28, 2008, 6095186 Canada Inc., carrying on business as Brigil
Homes of Gatineau, Quebec, was found guilty of failing as a constructor to
ensure that a worker was adequately protected by at least one of the
prescribed methods of fall protection. This was contrary to section 26.1(2) of
Ontario Regulation 213/91 and to section 23(1)(a) of the Occupational Health
and Safety Act. On May 29, 2008, the company was fined $100,000. At the same
time, Horizon Construction Group Ltd. was fined $33,000 after pleading guilty
to failing as an employer to ensure that the worker was adequately protected
by at least one of the prescribed methods of fall protection, contrary to
section 26.1(2) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 and section 25(1)(c) of the
Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    In addition to the fines, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine
surcharge on the total, 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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                        Court Information at a Glance
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    Location:       Ontario Court of Justice
                    100 Constellation Court, Courtroom 101
                    Ottawa, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault

    Date:           May 29, 2008, 9 a.m.

    Defendants:     Horizon Construction Group Ltd. & 6095186 Canada Inc.,
                    operating as Brigil Homes

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Shantanu Roy

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