Court Bulletin - Kitchener building supply company fined $45,000 after worker electrocuted

    GUELPH, ON, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - A Kitchener building supply company was fined
$45,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, September 2, 2008, after pleading
guilty in connection with an incident in which a worker received an 8,000 volt
electrical shock.
    Justice of the Peace Robert Gay heard that on August 27, 2007, two
employees of Rockway Building Supplies were delivering bundles of roof
shingles to a residential roofing project at 69 Balmoral Dr., Guelph. At one
point, a worker standing on the ground beside the flatbed truck used to haul
the shingles touched the truck, received an electrical shock and was thrown
onto the ground almost a metre away. Looking up, the worker saw that a
conveyor used to move the shingles off the truck had made contact with an
overhead electrical wire.
    The Occupational Health and Safety Act's Regulation for Construction
Projects, section 188 (2), states that no object shall be brought closer than
three metres to an energized overhead electrical conductor with a voltage
rating between 750 and 150,000. Guelph Hydro estimated the line that the
conveyor touched was rated at 8,000 volts.
    0865356 Ontario Inc., operating as Rockway building Supplies, pleaded
guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that the measures and procedures
in the Regulation were carried out, contrary to 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, 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
                        55 Wyndham St. N., Ctrm. No. 2
                        Guelph, Ontario

    Judge:              Justice of the Peace Robert Gay

    Date:               September 2, 2008

    Defendant:          Rockway Building Supplies

    Matter:             Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:      Courtney Harris


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