Excerpt from the Government of Ontario’s ‘Newsroom’

King Roofing & Aluminum Contractors Inc., a King City constructor, was fined $90,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. A supervisor was fined $10,000 in relation to the same incident.

On August 11, 2008, workers from the company were replacing the roof of a home in Brampton. While moving a bucket of tar, one of the workers accidentally stepped off the roof. The worker fell to the ground below and the bucket of tar overturned, spilling tar on the fallen worker. The worker broke multiple bones and suffered third degree burns.

A Ministry of Labour investigation revealed that there was no form of fall protection at the project and the injured worker and another worker had not been trained in fall protection. The injured worker had also not been wearing appropriate clothing for work with hot tar.

King Roofing & Aluminum Contractors Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that:

• the workers were trained in fall protection
• the workers were adequately protected by a guardrail system
• the workers were wearing appropriate protection against injury for the hot tar

Joe Scarna, owner of the company and supervisor at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to failing, as a supervisor, to ensure that the workers were adequately protected by a guardrail system.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Jeannie Anand. In addition to the fines, 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.

My opinion

The law(s) in contravention:

King Roofing and Aluminum Contractors Inc. was found guilty of violating section 25, sub-section ‘C’, of the Ontario ‘Construction’ regulation 213/91 which states,

“A worker shall use protection appropriate in the circumstances when there is a risk of injury on a project from contact between the worker’s skin and,
(c) a hot object, hot liquid or molten metal.”

King Roofing and Aluminum Contractors Inc. was found guilty of violating section 26.1, sub-section ‘1’ of the Ontario ‘Construction’ regulation 213/91 which states,

“A worker shall be adequately protected by a guardrail system that meets the requirements.”

King Roofing and Aluminum Contractors Inc. was also found guilty of violating section 26.2, sub-section ‘1’ of the Ontario ‘Construction’ regulation 213/91 which states,

“An employer shall ensure that a worker who may use a fall protection system is adequately trained in its use and given adequate oral and written instructions by a competent person.”

Another bad day for a worker! The aspect of a worker not wearing fall protection still riles me! Everyone has the right to work at a safe workplace and I read, over and over again, workers severely injured due to a fall.

I am pleading my case once again. Please review the 8 part ‘Fall Protection’ mini-series I put together on this blog. (starts August 8, 2011) It covers all aspects of ‘Fall Protection’ requirements under the Ontario ‘Construction’ regulations 213/91 and I believe it would be an asset to any company intending to have a presence in the construction workplace.

Remember – In Ontario, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs including ‘Fall Protection’ and Working at Heights’. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259.

We can also be reached at info@hrsgroup.com

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Foundation Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.

190 comments on “Blog Post #431 – King Roofing and Supervisor Fined $100,000 after Worker Injured

  1. This is tough. Im not saying you are responsible, I think it is everyone else out there that isnt taking notice.

  2. So what is the magic mix? Well, you have to write well as well have something to say. You have both.

  3. I have been absent for a even though, but now I remember why I used to enjoy this blog. Thanks , I’ll try and check back more frequently.

  4. Hi there, I just became alerted to your weblog by means of Google, and found that it is truly informative.

  5. I found your blog using Bing and I must say this is one of the most informative blogs I have read in a while. I will make sure I come back to read your future posts.

  6. Thnx so much for this! I havent been this thrilled by a blog post for a long time! Keep on inspiring the people!

  7. Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was incredibly long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your weblog.

  8. Hi! I understand this is kind of off-topic however I had to ask. Does managing a well-established website like yours require a massive amount work?

  9. I am sure this article has touched all the internet people, its really really pleasant post on health and safety.

  10. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?

    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.

    Please let me know. Cheers

  11. Pingback: Fionna
  12. I simply want to mention I’m very new to blogging and site-building and seriously enjoyed your page.

  13. When someone writes an piece of writing he/she maintains the image of a user in his/her brain that how a user can be aware of it.

  14. I am sure this post has touched all the internet people, its really really nice article on building up new web site.

  15. I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.

  16. Pingback: Ashley
  17. Pingback: Shelby
  18. Pingback: Thomas
  19. Pingback: Binghampton
  20. Pingback: Zachary
  21. Pingback: Corrine
  22. Pingback: Marissa
  23. Pingback: Xander
  24. Pingback: Zachary
  25. Pingback: Quincy
  26. Pingback: Zachary
  27. Pingback: Victoria

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *