Court Bulletin - Greater Essex District School Board fined $40,000

    WINDSOR, ON, March 28 /CNW/ - The Greater Essex District School Board
pleaded guilty and was fined $40,000 for failing to comply with orders from
the Minister of Labour.
    Justice of the Peace Robert Ponton heard that the board failed to comply
with the minister's orders and with section 66 of the Occupational Health and
Safety Act. The minister had issued orders in December 2003 permitting the
board to establish a multi-workplace joint health and safety committee.
    The board failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that it maintained
a joint health and safety committee by ensuring a health and safety
representative was in place as required and that monthly inspections were
carried out at three schools in particular. They were Herman Secondary School
in Windsor, Belle River District High School in Belle River and
Western Secondary School in Amherstburg. As well, a ministry occupational
health and safety inspector was of the view the board failed to provide
sufficient time to adequately complete monthly inspections that were to be
conducted by the health and safety representatives at the three schools.
    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
                 Windsor, Ontario

    Judge:       Justice of the Peace Robert Ponton

    Date:        March 26, 2008

    Defendant:   Greater Essex District School Board

    Matter:      Occupational Health and Safety Act


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For further information:

For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)

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