Court Bulletin - Constructor, electrical contractor and supervisor fined a total of $100,000 after worker killed

    BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Pomico Holdings Inc., P & M Electric
(2000) Inc. and Vlado Kolich were fined a total of $100,000 under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) on January 20, 2009 after a worker
was electrocuted.
    Separate investigations by the Ministry of Labour and the Electrical
Safety Authority found that a 600 volt cable was improperly buried and
connected without authorization at a construction site on Harvester Road in
Burlington. A worker from another company, working on cleanup of the site, was
electrocuted and killed when the worker touched a dumpster bin that had made
contact with the improperly buried cable.
    Pomico Holdings Inc., the constructor on the site, P & M Electric, the
electrical contractor for the project, and Vlado Kolich, part owner and
supervisor for P & M Electric, all pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a
warning sign was posted to warn workers of the hazard of an underground
electrical cable, as prescribed by section 44(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91.
In the case of Pomico, this was contrary to section 23(1)(a) of the OHSA and
it was fined $70,000. P & M Electric violated section 25(1)(c) and was fined
$22,500. Mr. Kolich pleaded guilty under section 27(1)(a) and was fined
    The case was a joint prosecution by the Ministry of Labour and the
Electrical Safety Authority. P & M Electric was also fined $60,000 and Vlado
Kolich $10,000 under the Electricity Act.
    The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace J. Woloschuk in the
Ontario Court of Justice, Burlington. In addition to the fine, 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.


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:          Ontario Court of Justice
                       2051 Plains Road East
                       Burlington, Ontario

    Judge:             Justice of the Peace J. Woloschuk

    Date:              January 20, 2009

    Defendants:        Pomico Holdings Inc., P & M Electric (2000) Inc. and
                       Vlado Kolich

    Matter:            Occupational Health and Safety

    Crown Counsel      Dan Kleiman


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

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