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Company fined after worker falls 10 storeys

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Company fined after worker falls 10 storeys

PETERBOROUGH, ONT. — A Mississauga, Ont.-based company has been fined $60,000 after a worker fell off the roof of a 10-storey apartment building in Peterborough, Ont. and was critically injured.

According to the Ministry of Labour (MOL), in November 2016 Pro Renovations Solutions Inc. was subcontracted to make repairs to the apartment building on Clonsilla Avenue.

The incident occurred when employees were setting up a swing stage on the roof of the building.

The MOL states an employee went to the roof to bring a wrench to the workers who were setting up the swing stage. That worker was not protected by any form of fall protection while on the roof.

After giving the wrench to a co-worker, the worker went to another part of the roof, lost balance at the edge of the roof and fell 10 storeys to the ground below.

The court found that on Nov. 1, 2016, Pro Renovations Solutions Inc. failed as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 26.1(2) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 (the Construction Projects Regulation) were carried out at the workplace, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Section 26.1(2) states “if it is not practicable to install a guardrail system…a worker shall be adequately protected” by one of the following fall protection methods: a travel restraint system, a fall restricting system, a fall arrest system or a safety net.

The company was fined on Nov. 27, 2017 by Justice of the Peace Peter Hiscox in a Peterborough court.

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