Court Bulletin - Sora Contractors Ltd. fined $70,000 for injury of worker

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Sora Contractors Ltd. pleaded guilty and was
fined $70,000 in Old City Hall Courtroom on October 23, 2008, after the injury
of a worker on a utilities project.
    Justice of the Peace Odida Quamina heard that on May 9, 2007, at 99
Signet Drive in Toronto a worker employed by the defendant removed a wooden
pallet covering a manhole to enter and complete some work in the manhole. The
worker then climbed out and went to another location on the project and did
not replace the pallet over the opening. Subsequently, a bulldozer operator
also employed by the defendant parked the vehicle, walked towards the manhole
and fell in. The bulldozer operator sustained serious injuries to the left
ankle, back and head and had to be extracted with rescue equipment.
    Sora Contractors Ltd. was fined $70,000 for failing, as an employer, to
ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed in section 26.3(2) of
Ontario Regulation 213/91, to prevent a worker from falling through an opening
on a work surface, were carried out at the project. This was 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 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
                       Old City Hall
                       60 Queen Street
                       Toronto, Ontario

    Judge:             Justice of the Peace Odida Quamina

    Date:              October 23, 2008

    Defendants:        Sora Contractors Ltd.

    Matter:            Occupational Health and Safety

    Crown Counsel:     Catherine Glaister


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For further information: Media contact: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of
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