Fuels technician pleads guilty to safety violation

    BELLEVILLE, ON, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - Marvin Wilson, fuels technician from
Tweed, Ontario, recently pled guilty to knowingly installing a gas-fired
appliance without holding the appropriate certification, contrary to
provincial requirements under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
(the Act).
    The Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville fined the defendant $3,000,
plus the 25% Victim Surcharge, given the circumstances of the case.
    On February 13, 2008, Mr. Wilson installed a gas-fired hot water tank at
a restaurant in Trenton, Ontario, and the Technical Standards and Safety
Authority (TSSA) received an anonymous phone tip regarding installation
concerns. When TSSA's fuels inspector arrived on the scene later that day, he
noted the test tag identifying Marvin Wilson as the installing technician, and
quickly verified if the defendant possessed the appropriate certification. At
the time of the installation, it was determined that Mr. Wilson did not hold
an obligatory gas technician certificate for such operations. Ontario
Regulation 215/01 (Fuel Industry Certificates) prohibits a person from
installing an appliance or thing that is employed in the handling or use of
gas unless the installer is certified for that purpose.
    While there were no injuries as a result of this violation, and Mr.
Wilson did not have any prior convictions under the Act, the defendant was
aware of provincial certification requirements and, as such, pled guilty to
the charge. Accepting responsibility, Mr. Wilson sought to resolve this matter
at an early stage by enrolling in an approved gas technician 2 training
    "Prosecution for non-compliance, such as failing to comply with
certification requirements, is an important tool of enforcement," says John
Marshall, Director of TSSA's Fuels Safety Program. "However working with
stakeholders toward compliance and cooperation, often in proactive
partnership, is the cornerstone of fuels safety."

    About TSSA

    TSSA is an innovative, self-funded, non-government organization focused
on delivering public safety services. It provides not-for-profit regulatory
safety services in industry sectors such as fuels, amusement devices,
elevating devices, ski lifts, boilers and pressure vessels, operating
engineers, and upholstered and stuffed articles. The organization's vision is
to be the world leader in public safety services.

For further information:

For further information: Michelle Vanek, Issues Management and
Stakeholder Relations, Public Relations and Communications, TSSA, Telephone:
1-877-682-8772, Email: media@tssa.org; For more information on the Technical
Standards and Safety Authority, please visit www.tssa.org

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