Court Bulletin - Hanover company fined over asbestos removal

    OWEN SOUND, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - A Hanover retirement home operator failed
to notify the Ministry of Labour of an asbestos removal project and was fined
$50,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice.
    Justice of the Peace Robert Gay heard that on March 27, 2006, maintenance
workers employed by Retirement Residences Genpar Inc., which operated a
retirement home at 101 Tenth St., Hanover, were at that location to remove a
boiler from a boiler room. An asbestos-containing material, chrysotile,
insulated the boiler.
    The company failed to notify the ministry of the work involving asbestos.
The company pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to provide notice as
required by section 11(1) of Ontario Regulation 278/05, contrary to section
66(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine
surcharge, 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
                 Courtroom No.1
                 595 9TH Avenue E.
                 Owen Sound, Ontario

    Judge:       Justice of the Peace Robert Gay

    Date:        March 3, 2008

    Defendant:   Retirement Residences Genpar Inc.

    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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