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Company and supervisor fined following worker fall from roof

Company and supervisor fined following worker fall from roof

TORONTO — A worker was injured after falling 30 feet from a roof at a construction project and as a result Lakeridge Developments (Muskoka) Limited of Port Carling, Ont. was fined $50,000 and Paul Kritski, supervisor of Peak Roofing Services Inc., was fined $15,000.

The incident took place at a construction site at 92A Scully Rd., Seguin on Nov. 12, 2020.

The parties were convicted June 21, 2022. Both fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Diane McAleer following a guilty plea at the provincial offences court in Parry Sound.

On the date the incident occurred Lakeridge Developments was constructing a new cottage, guest cottage and two boathouses on a property in Seguin and had subcontracted Peak Roofing Services to provide workers to install the roofing.

A worker from Peak Roofing Services was on a flat section of roof, moving insulation, when they fell 30 feet to the ground below and suffered a critical injury.

A Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development investigation found there were permanent, engineered anchor points on the roof and that the worker had fall protection training, however, at the time of the incident, the worker was not using fall protection and there were no guardrails installed along the perimeter of the roof, indicates a court bulletin.

Kritski, and three additional workers were also on the roof that morning and fall protection was not being used by any of the crew.

Section 26.1 of Ontario Regulation 213/91 for construction projects requires workers to be protected from falls through use of an adequate guardrail system or adequate fall protection.

Lakeridge Developments contravened Section 23(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by failing, as a constructor, to ensure that the measures and procedures required by Section 26.1 of Ontario Regulation 213/91 were carried out.

Kritski contravened Section 27(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by failing, as a supervisor, to ensure those same measures and procedures were carried out.

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