Court Bulletin - Guelph company fined $55,000 after worker injured

    SIMCOE, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - A Guelph, Ontario, company pleaded guilty and
was fined $55,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, June 2, 2008, in connection
with an injury to a worker.
    Justice W. Brian Stead heard that on February 23, 2006, a worker employed
by Patene Building Supplies Ltd., of Guelph, was unloading shingles atop the
roof of a house at Lot 6, Newport Lane, Port Dover. Although wearing fall
protection equipment, the worker had not been provided with adequate fall
protection training. The worker fell on the roof and suffered head injuries.
    Patene Building Supplies Ltd. pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing
to provide the worker with adequate training and written instructions given by
a competent person regarding the use of a fall protection system. This was
contrary to section 26.2(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 and section 25(1)(c)
of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    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
                    530 The Queensway West, Simcoe, Ontario, Ctrm. 400
                    Simcoe, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice W. Brian Stead

    Date:           June 2, 2008, 9 a.m.

    Defendants:     Patene Building Supplies Ltd.

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Shantanu Roy


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For further information:

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

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