Court Bulletin - Business owner fined $20,000 after worker killed

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - David Bruce Grimshaw, owner of Home Aid Masonry,
also known as HAM Masonry Services, located in Toronto, was fined $20,000 on
February 24, 2009, for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
(OHSA), after a worker was killed.
    On November 14, 2007, workers employed by Grimshaw were on a scaffold
repairing masonry at a project on Spadina Avenue in Toronto. While one of the
workers was on the top tier of the scaffold, it collapsed. The victim fell
more than six meters (20 feet) to the ground and died of head injuries at the
scene. Another worker who fell from the second tier of the scaffold suffered
minor injuries.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the scaffold was missing
several components, including vertical and horizontal bracing, connecting
devices, and one jack screw. The scaffold was also not properly secured to the
    David Bruce Grimshaw pleaded guilty under the OHSA to failing as an
employer to ensure that the scaffold complied with the provisions required by
the Ontario construction regulation.
    The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Clement Edwards. In
addition to the fine, the court also 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.


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:             Ontario Court of Justice
                          60 Queen St. W., Courtroom C
                          Old City Hall
                          Toronto, Ontario

    Judge:                Justice of the Pease Clement Edwards

    Date of Conviction:   February 24, 2009

    Defendants:           David Bruce Grimshaw, carrying on business as Home
                          Aid Masonry, also known as HAM Masonry Services

    Matter:               Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):        Ontario Regulation 213/91, section 128(1)

    Crown Counsel:        Catherine Glastier


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For further information: Media contact: Rob Ashley, Ministry of Labour,
(416) 326-0925

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