TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - A Mississauga company, Main Event Fun Games
Inc., pled guilty yesterday to one count of failing to comply with an
inspector's orders to cease and desist the operation of an amusement device
without a valid permit and licence to operate, contrary to provincial
requirements under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 (the Act), and
Ontario Regulation 221/01, Amusement Devices (Regulation).
The Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton fined the defendant $10,000,
plus the 25% Victim Surcharge, given the circumstances of the case.
Main Event Fun Games Inc. was charged with four counts under the Act for:
operating without a licence; operating without a permit; failing to comply
with the erection or maintenance of an amusement device by a registered
mechanic; and failing to comply with an inspector's cease and desist order.
The charges were laid in relation to the operation of an air bounce amusement
device for Glendale Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario.
Main Event Fun Games Inc., located at 3495 Laird Road in Mississauga
Ontario, appeared in court on October 30, 2007 and subsequently pled guilty to
the fourth count under the Act.
"This conviction sends a clear message to individuals who may consider
ignoring an inspector's safety order," says Roland Hadaller, TSSA's Director
of Elevating and Amusement Devices Safety Program, "and this message of
deterrence is applicable to all regulated sectors within the TSSA mandate.
In Ontario, all amusement rides and devices, including inflatable devices
or air bounces, must have valid permits, be operated by licenced operators,
maintained by certified mechanics and be inspected at the start of each
operating year by a TSSA inspector to ensure compliance with the Act and
Regulation. In addition to scheduled periodic inspections, TSSA routinely
performs follow-up inspections where records indicate outstanding amusement
device inspections or issues of non-compliance.
"Prosecution for non-compliance with Ontario's safety laws is an
important part of TSSA's safety mandate," reminds Hadaller, "and it strongly
reinforces prosecution objectives: to deter violators and increase public
safety. While prosecution at times may be required, TSSA chiefly works with
industry stakeholders through cooperation and compliance. It is one of the
cornerstones of amusement device safety."
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 amusement devices, ski lifts,
fuels, boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, operating engineers,
and upholstered and stuffed articles. The organization's vision is to be the
world leader in public safety services.
For more information on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority,
please visit our website at www.tssa.org.
For further information:
For further information: Dave Lisle, Director, Public Relations and
Communications, TSSA Telephone: 1-877-682-8772, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org