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Toronto masonry firm convicted in worksite fall incident

DCN-JOC News Services
Toronto masonry firm convicted in worksite fall incident

TORONTO — A Toronto masonry firm has been convicted and fined for its role in a workplace incident in which a worker received critical injuries after falling from a platform.

Aurora King Masonry Ltd. was convicted Sept. 10 for an offence that took place Jan. 12, 2019.

That day, the firm was undertaking masonry work at a project located at 12600 Kennedy Rd. in Caledon, Ont., stated a release from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. The project involved construction of a three-storey seniors residence.

Two workers were working from the platform of a mast climber about 30 feet from the ground. One worker descended from the work platform to obtain fresh batteries for a tool. The worker returned and found the co-worker lying unconscious on the ground. No one witnessed the fall.

The injured worker suffered critical injuries.

A ministry inspector determined that the elevated work platform in question did not have a guardrail. Section 135(1)(c) of Ontario Regulation 213/91, the regulation for construction projects, requires that a scaffold platform or other work platform be provided with a guardrail as required by section 26.3 of the regulation.

After the firm pleaded guilty, a justice of the peace determined that Aurora King failed, as an employer, to carry out its obligations under the construction regulation. The firm was fined $60,000 and the court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

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