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Highrise Window Technologies Inc. fined $160,000 after Worker Killed
April 13, 2009

Highrise Window Technologies Inc., a Concord, Ontario-based company that makes windows for high-rise buildings, was fined $160,000 on April 3, 2009, for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, after a worker was killed.

According to a court bulletin, on September 19, 2007, a worker was cutting, loading onto a cart and moving cut glass from a cutting machine to a washing machine. One cart was overloaded, a rear castor on it broke off while in motion, and glass fell off the cart, pinning the worker between the fallen glass and the cutting machine.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that by lifting the front castors off the ground and dragging the cart, excess stress was placed on the rear castors, causing one to sheer off the cart and its load to tip, noted the bulletin.

Highrise Window Technologies Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure the glass was moved in a way that would not endanger the worker. The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Frederiksen. In addition to the fine, the court also imposed a 25-percent victim fine surcharge on the total, 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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