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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