Workplace fatality results in $110,000 fine for construction company

January 30, 2024

[Canada] Following a guilty plea in the Provincial Offences Court in London, Matpol Metal Roof Manufacturing Ltd. has been fined $110,000 and ordered to pay a 25% victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

It follows an incident in April 2022 that resulted in a worker being fatally injured in a fall while installing metal sheathing on a second-storey roof.

The court heard that Matpol was the constructor on a project installing a metal roof on a single-family home. Matpol subcontracted another roofing company to complete this work.

On 6 April 2022, a worker from the subcontracted company was installing metal sheathing on the second-storey roof of the building, when they fell to the ground and suffered fatal injuries.

A Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development investigation found that while fall protection equipment was available on site for use at the time of the incident, the worker was not wearing fall protection when they fell from the roof.

Matpol Metal Roof Manufacturing Ltd. failed, as a constructor, to ensure that where a worker is exposed to a fall of more than three metres, and it is not practicable to install a guardrail, the worker shall be adequately protected by a method of fall protection, as required by section 26.1(2) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 and contrary to section 23(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

This is valid as of 29th January 2024.

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