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Roofing firm fined after worker seriously injured

DCN News Service
Roofing firm fined after worker seriously injured

WHITBY, ONT. — A Mississauga, Ont. roofing company pleaded guilty and has been fined $57,500 after a worker fell through a roof and was seriously injured.

The company, Paiva Roofing Ltd., was working on the roof of an industrial establishment at 850 McKay Rd. in Pickering on April 30, 2015. On the morning of the incident, one of the workers went through an opening in the roof and fell 28 feet onto the concrete floor below.

The defendant failed to ensure that the worker was adequately protected by a guardrail system, in contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Ontario Regulation 213/91, the Construction Projects Regulation. The company pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that a worker worked in accordance with the measures and procedures prescribed by law.

The fine of $57,500 was imposed by Justice of the Peace Robert Boychyn in a Whitby court on March 1, 2017.

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