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Mississauga firm fined in worker fall from ladder

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Mississauga firm fined in worker fall from ladder

TORONTO — A Mississauga construction company was fined recently following a conviction for its role in a 2016 incident in which a worker fell from a ladder and suffered critical injuries while performing electrical wiring work.

Santoro Construction Inc. pleaded guilty and was fined $90,000 in the incident, which occurred on Fasken Drive in Toronto, where the company was constructing a new office building and renovating an existing building, said a Ministry of Labour statement.

Santoro was the constructor of the Fasken Drive project and had contracted with GMJ Electric Inc., the statement recounted. GMJ was the employer of the worker.

The worker and a co-worker were tying in and labelling electrical wiring in the ceiling of a renovated office area. The worker was working on the top third rung of a 10-foot step ladder and reaching into an area above the grid of a drop ceiling. The worker fell from the ladder to the floor, suffering critical injuries.

A Toronto court found the defendant, Santoro, failed to provide the worker with the equipment appropriate for situations where work cannot be done on or from the ground without hazard to workers, the statement indicated.

This was contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, violating section 125(1) of the Construction Projects Regulation (Ontario Regulation 213/91), which requires a constructor to provide a worker with a scaffold, a suspended work platform, a boatswain’s chair and a multi-point suspended work platform.

A separate trial will be held with the employer GMJ Electric and an individual as the defendants, scheduled to begin in July 2018.

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