Roofing company fined $65,000

Roofing company fined $65,000

by DCN NEWS SERVICES

11TORONTO—A Toronto-based roofing company has been fined $65,000 for failing to follow fall protection guidelines.

Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation was found guilty of breaking safety laws following an incident that took place on Dec. 12, 2011, after one of its workers fell 22 feet into a disposal trailer bin at ground level.

At the time, workers were replacing a roofing system on a commercial building at 875 Middlefield Road in Toronto, Ont.

One of the workers was getting rid of roofing debris by using a motorized wheelbarrow buggy.

While approaching the roof edge, the worker’s sleeve was caught on one of the wheelbarrow’s arms. This pulled him over the rooftop and into the bin below with the wheelbarrow.

The worker, who suffered multiple injuries and fractures, did not follow any of the fall protection procedures required by the Construction Projects Regulation, which states workers to be protected with a travel or fall restraint system, a fall arrest system or a safety net, the Ministry of Labour explains.

The matter was resolved in court and the company was found guilty on April, 8. The fine was imposed afterward by Justice of the Peace Mary Ross Hendriks.

On top of the fine, and as required by the Provincial Offences Act, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, which goes to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.