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Company fined $55,000 after worker injured in fall

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Company fined $55,000 after worker injured in fall

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced that Always Roofing Ltd. of Homesdale Road in York, Ont. has been convicted of health and safety violations contrary to the Construction Projects Regulation in an incident that resulted in serious head injuries to a roofer working at a Brampton jobsite.

The incident occurred Dec. 7, 2015 at Advance Boulevard in Brampton, said a recent media statement.

Always Roofing is a company engaged in commercial, industrial and institutional roofing work throughout southern Ontario.

The statement said the firm had been hired to replace the existing flat roof of a building. Always Roofing workers removed a skylight, leaving an opening on the surface of the roof.

Following the removal of the skylight, the workers did not install a guardrail system around the opening nor did they place a protective covering over the opening.

An Always Roofing employee was applying glue near the skylight opening, walking backwards and lost balance before falling through the skylight opening.

The worker fell approximately 27 feet to the ground below, sustaining critical head injuries, the statement said.

The Ministry of Labour investigated and concluded that Always Roofing committed the offence of failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 26.3(2) of Ontario Regulation 213/91(the Construction Projects Regulation) were carried out at a workplace. This was contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The firm was convicted in a Mississauga court Jan. 16. Following a guilty plea, the roofer was fined $55,000.

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