Guelph contractor pleads guilty to safety violation



    BURLINGTON, ON, July 23 /CNW/ - Gordon Carl Smith, owner of Thermo-Stat
Mechanical Ltd., recently pled guilty to knowingly providing false information
during a fuel safety inspection, contrary to provincial requirements under the
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (the Act).
    The Ontario Court of Justice in Burlington fined the defendant $8,000,
plus the 25% Victim Surcharge, given the circumstances of the case.
    In November of 2005, Stone Gate Properties, property management at 1400
Plains Road East in Burlington, hired Thermo-Stat Mechanical Ltd. as a heating
contractor, whereupon Gordon Carl Smith installed a natural gas unit heater at
that location. During a service call in January of 2006, another heating
contractor discovered several deficiencies with the installation, immediately
shut off the gas supply and contacted the Fuels Safety Division of the
Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). Upon TSSA investigation, the
unsafe condition of the heater was confirmed, and a meeting with Smith was
arranged.
    During an interview on January 10, 2006, Smith knowingly presented false
information, purporting to possess a valid Gas Technician Certificate which,
upon closer examination, belonged to the defendant's father. TSSA records
determined that Gordon Carl Smith did not possess any valid certification, and
he was subsequently charged with knowingly providing false information during
a fuel safety inspection, contrary to the Act.
    Gordon Carl Smith appeared in court on July 21, 2008 and subsequently
pled guilty.
    "Knowingly obstructing, hindering or providing an inspector with false
information during a fuel safety inspection is a serious offense," says John
Marshall, Director of TSSA's Fuels Safety Program. "In Ontario, all agents
employed in the installation, repair or servicing of natural gas appliances
must possess valid certification, as per Ontario Regulation 215/01, Fuel
Industry Certificates.
    "Prosecution for non-compliance is an important tool of enforcement,"
says Marshall. "However working with stakeholders toward compliance and
cooperation, often in proactive partnership, is the cornerstone of fuels
safety."

    About TSSA

    TSSA is an innovative, self-funded, non-government organization focused
on delivering public safety services. It provides not-for-profit regulatory
safety services in industry sectors such as fuels, amusement devices,
elevating devices, ski lifts, boilers and pressure vessels, operating
engineers, and upholstered and stuffed articles. The organization's vision is
to be the world leader in public safety services.




For further information:

For further information: Michelle Vanek, Issues Management and
Stakeholder Relations, Public Relations and Communications, TSSA, Telephone:
1-877-682-8772; Email: media@tssa.org; For more information on the Technical
Standards and Safety Authority, please visit www.tssa.org

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