Court Bulletin - Highrise Window Technologies Inc. fined $160,000 after worker killed

    NEWMARKET, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - Highrise Window Technologies Inc., a
Concord, Ont. company that makes windows for high rise buildings, was fined
$160,000 on April 3, 2009 for a violation under the Occupational Health and
Safety Act, after a worker was killed.
    On September 19, 2007, a worker was cutting, loading onto a cart, and
moving cut glass from a cutting machine to a washing machine. One cart was
overloaded, a rear castor on it broke off while in motion, and glass fell off
the cart, pinning the worker between the fallen glass and the cutting machine.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that by lifting the front
castors off the ground and dragging the cart, excess stress was placed on the
rear castors, causing one to sheer off and the cart and its load to tip.
    Highrise Window Technologies Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an
employer, to ensure the glass was moved in a way that would not endanger the
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Frederiksen. 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
                         465 Davis Dr., Crtrm T2.
                         Newmarket, Ontario

    Judge:               Justice of the Peace Michael Frederiksen

    Date of Conviction:  April 3, 2009

    Defendants:          Highrise Window Technologies Inc.

    Matter:              Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):       Section 45(b) of Ontario Regulation 851;
                         Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c)

    Crown Counsel:       Alicia Gordon-Fagan

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For further information:

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

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