Lakeridge Developments (Muskoka) Limited, a Port Carling-based contractor, and a supervisor with Peak Roofing Services Inc. have been fined after a worker fell 30-feet from a roof at a construction site in Seguin Township.
The incident happened Nov. 12, 2020 and Justice of the Peace Diane McAleer announced fines of $50,000 for Lakeridge and $15,000 for supervisor Paul Kritski.
The court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge on each fine as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
Lakeridge Developments was the constructor of a new cottage, guest cottage and two boathouses on a property in Seguin and had subcontracted Peak Roofing Services to provide workers to install the roofing.
A worker from Peak Roofing Services was on a flat section of roof, moving insulation, when they fell 30 feet to the ground below, suffering a critical injury, according to court documents.
A Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development investigation found there were permanent, engineered anchor points on the roof and that the worker had fall protection training.
However, at the time of the incident, the worker was not using fall protection and there were no guardrails installed along the perimeter of the roof.
Peak Roofing Services supervisor Paul Kritski and three additional workers were also on the roof that morning. Fall protection was not being used by any of the crew, documents confirmed.
In her ruling, following guilty pleas, Justice McAleer found:
- Lakeridge Developments contravened Section 23(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by failing, as a constructor, to ensure that the measures and procedures required by Section 26.1 of Ontario Regulation 213/91 were carried out.
- Paul Kritski contravened Section 27(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act by failing, as a supervisor, to ensure that the measures and procedures required by Section 26.1 of Ontario Regulation 213/91 were carried out.