Company Fined After Workers Injured
(TORONTO, ON) – Spencer Steel Limited, an Ilderton construction company that designs and installs steel products, was fined $55,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after two workers were injured.
On May 26, 2010, workers were erecting a steel structure on Wonderland Rd. S. in London. Two workers were standing on steel beams when the beams collapsed. The workers fell about five meters to the ground and sustained minor injuries.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the steel beams were not adequately braced to prevent their collapse.
Spencer Steel Limited pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the beams were adequately braced to prevent any movement that would affect their stability or cause collapse.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen. 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.
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