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April 27, 2007

Ottawa company fined under OHS

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Bassi Construction & Masonry Ltd., a construction company based in Gloucester, Ont., was fined $65,000 on April 19, 2007 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in serious injuries to an employee.

On December 9, 2005, a bricklayer was standing on a second-level section of a scaffold platform and was receiving a shipment of bricks when the scaffold section suddenly failed and the worker fell about four metres (13 feet, two inches) to the ground below. The worker suffered injuries to the arm and leg. The incident occurred at a construction site for a new home on Rosebella Avenue in Ottawa.

Bassi Construction & Masonry Ltd. pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring a scaffold outrigger/side bracket was securely and/or properly attached to the scaffold. This was contrary to Section 25(2)(h) of the act.

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