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Welded Tube of Canada Corporation Fined $50,000 Af

Author | Safety Reporter
Posted by SafetyON | July 29, 2016

NEWMARKET, ON - A Concord, Ontario company, Welded Tube of Canada Corporation, has been fined $50,000 after a worker was injured by a falling post.

Welded Tube of Canada Corporation Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

On March 5, 2014, workers at a construction project at 541 Bowes Road in Concord were dismantling and replacing a steel storage system for Welded Tube. The storage system consisted of sleeper beams (7-inch by 7-inch hollow steel tubes) laid out on the ground and vertical upright posts welded onto the sleeper beams.

When a worker cut loose an upright support, it caused the movement of posts that then fell; a worker was struck and injured.

The Ministry of Labour's investigation found that the sleeper beams had been inadequately anchored to prevent movement. This is contrary to Ontario Regulation 213/91 - the Construction Projects Regulation - which states that "every part of a project, including a temporary structure, shall be adequately braced to prevent any movement that may affect its stability or cause its failure or collapse." The worker has since returned to full-time duties.

Accordingly, Welded Tube failed as a constructor to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by the regulation were carried out in the workplace, contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Karen Walker. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Court Information at a Glance

Location:

Provincial Offences Court/Ontario Court of Justice

465 Davis Drive

Courtroom T4

Newmarket, Ontario

Judge:

Justice of the Peace Karen Walker

Date of Sentencing:

July 27, 2016


Defendant:

Welded Tube of Canada Corporation

111 Rayette Road

Concord, Ontario

Matter:

Occupational health and safety

Conviction:

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Section 23(1)(a)

Ontario Regulation 231/91 (Construction Projects Regulation)

Crown Counsel:

Alicia Gordon-Fagan