Court Bulletin - Sudbury area company and supervisor fined after bridge support collapsed



    SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - A Sudbury-area company was fined $130,000
and a supervisor fined $10,000, August 13, 2008, in connection with a bridge
collapse in Sudbury.
    In May 2004 a bridge over Lorne Street was under rehabilitation. A
temporary support structure was built by Nor Eng Construction & Engineering,
with Glenn Bot, the company president, as supervisor. It was to hold the
bridge up while road traffic flowed underneath. On May 7, 2004, the south end
of the bridge collapsed onto the roadway below. No one was injured. After a
trial Nor Eng was convicted on June 20, 2008, as an employer, of:

    
    -   failing to ensure the temporary support structure was constructed so
        as to support or resist all loads and forces to which it was likely
        to be subjected, contrary to section 31(1)(a) of the Construction
        Regulations and section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and
        Safety Act.
    -   failing to ensure the temporary support structure was adequately
        braced to prevent any movement that may affect its stability or cause
        its failure or collapse, contrary to section 31(1)(b) of the
        regulations and section 25(1)(c) of the act.
    -   failing to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring that a quality
        verification engineer was retained and inspected the temporary
        support structure, contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the act.
    -   failing to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring the temporary
        support structure was constructed and/or installed in conformity with
        design drawings contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the act.
    -   failing to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring that
        modifications to the design of the temporary support structure were
        approved by the design engineer, contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the
        act.
    

    Glenn Bot was convicted, as a supervisor, of offences corresponding to
the fourth and fifth counts above noted, contrary to section 27(2)(c).
    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
                    155 Elm St., Ctrm. E
                    Sudbury, Ontario

    Judge:          Mr. Justice Y. Renaud

    Date:           August 13, 2008

    Defendants:     Nor Eng Construction & Engineering Inc.,
                    and Glenn Bot

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Wes Wilson

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                             www.labour.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)
326-7405

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