Electrical Shock to Worker Results in $80,000 Fine
June 29, 2018 4:15 P.M.Ministry of Labour
Convicted: CBRE Limited, 145 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario.
Location of Workplace: Roberta Bondar Place, an office building at 70 Foster Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Description of Offence: A worker was shocked by electricity while changing a 347-volt fluorescent lighting ballast. The employer failed to provide adequate information, instruction or supervision to the worker. Power to the electrical equipment was not locked out.
Date of Offence: March 31, 2015.
Date of Conviction: April 13, 2018.
Date of Sentence: June 25, 2018.
Following a trial, Justice of the Peace Michael G. Kitlar fined CBRE Limited a total of $80,000 on two counts; Crown Counsel Terry Wong.
The court also 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.