Court Bulletin - Ritesco Enterprises Inc. fined $120,000 for serious injury of worker



    OTTAWA, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Ritesco Enterprises Inc. pleaded guilty and was
fined $120,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice on October 22, 2008, after the
injury of a worker at a residential townhouse construction project.
    Justice of the Peace John A. Balkwill heard that on August 9, 2006, at
194 Berrigan Drive in Nepean, a worker employed by the company was working on
exterior siding from a ladder when the ladder slid left and the worker fell to
the ground. The worker sustained serious and lasting injuries, including
paralysis.
    Ritesco Enterprises Inc. was fined $120,000 for failing, as an employer,
to ensure that an appropriate scaffold was used for the work, as required by
section 125(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 and section 25(1)(c) of the
Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    In addition to the fine, 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 Crescent
                     Ottawa, Ontario

    Judge:           Justice of the Peace John A. Balkwill

    Date:            October 22, 2008

    Defendants:      Ritesco Enterprises Inc.

    Matter:          Occupational Health and Safety

    Crown Counsel:   Judy L. Chan

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