Sudbury Company Guilty of Elevator Violation



    TIMMINS, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - A Sudbury company, Ontario 1039434 Ltd.,
pled guilty today to a serious public safety violation, contrary to Ontario
Regulation 209/01 (Elevating Devices) under the Technical Standards and Safety
Act, 2000 (the Act), and was consequently fined $20,000 plus a 25% Victim
Surcharge by the Ontario Court of Justice in Timmins given the circumstances
of the case.
    In June 2007, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
investigated mechanical problems with a passenger elevator owned and operated
by Ontario 1039434 Ltd. at St. Mary's Manor in Timmins Ontario. The owner was
subsequently charged with five counts against the Act for its unsafe
operation. With a summons to first appear in court on August 16, 2007, Ontario
1039434 Ltd. pled guilty today to the first count - failing to ensure the
elevating device was not used or operated unless maintained by a registered
contractor - levied with a fine of $20,000.
    In the province of Ontario, all elevating devices, including passenger
elevators, construction hoists, dumbwaiters, observation elevators, freight
elevators, material lifts, man lifts, stage lifts and lifts designed for
persons with physical disabilities, are inspected using a risk-based
inspection model to ensure compliance with the Act and Regulation. In addition
to scheduled periodic inspections, TSSA routinely performs follow-up
inspections where records indicate outstanding elevating device inspections or
issues of non-compliance.
    "Prosecution for non-compliance with Ontario's elevating safety laws is
an important enforcement tool," says Roland Hadaller, TSSA's Director of
Elevating Devices and Amusement Devices Safety Program. "Preventative
maintenance, however, continues to be the cornerstone of elevator 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.





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more information about the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, please
visit www.tssa.org

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