Court Bulletin - United Hoist Equipment Ltd. fined $65,000 after worker critically injured

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - United Hoist Equipment Ltd., a Bolton company
that sells, services and rents personnel hoists, was fined $65,000 on May 14,
2009, for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA),
after a worker was critically injured.
    On December 7, 2007, a 31.1 metre (102 foot) high hoist on the south
exterior side of a seven storey building at 12 Burkebrook Place in Toronto was
being dismantled by workers for United Hoist Equipment Ltd. Workers had
removed a number of sections of the hoist with a crane and had lowered the
hoist cage to the fourth level of the building. A worker on top of the cage to
remove tie-ins which secured the hoist to the building removed the last tie-in
and the hoist toppled, throwing the worker approximately 9.15 metres (30 feet)
to the ground. The worker suffered serious injury, including internal injuries
and injuries to the spine, pelvis, head and face.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the base of the hoist had
been improperly installed, including inadequate spacing of anchor bolts,
unsuitable bolts, and the installation of a replacement part for the
foundation frame that did not have the same safety factor as the part being
    United Hoist Equipment Ltd. pleaded guilty under the OHSA of failing to
ensure that the replacement part for the foundation frame had at least the
same safety factor as the part it was replacing.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace M. Ross Hendriks. 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
                          Old City Hall Courtroom, Courtroom C
                          33 Queen Street West
                          Toronto, Ontario

    Judge:                Justice of the Peace Mary Anne Ross Hendriks

    Date of Conviction:   May 14, 2009

    Defendants:           United Hoist Equipment Ltd.

    Matter:               Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):        R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 213/91, s. 95(1)
                          OHSA section 25(1)(c)

    Crown Counsel:        Daniel Kleiman


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