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Real Estate Project Management Firm Fined $100,000 for Death of Sub-Contractor’s Worker

Four workers employed by Immaculate Scrap Metal Disposal of Brampton, Ontario were demolishing a 26 foot interior concrete block wall at a furniture wholesaler. The wall collapsed on two workers; one of the workers was fatally injured and died as a result of multiple traumas. The other worker suffered severe injuries to the back, chest and pelvis. Two other workers were present but not injured. Immaculate Scrap Metal Disposal was sub contracted to (aka hired by) English Prestige Builders.

Risk Management

A Ministry of Labour investigation concluded that the wall collapsed due to an inadequate demolition procedure. English Prestige Builders pleaded guilty to two counts of failing as a constructor to ensure that the health and safety of workers on the site was protected.

The duty imposed on English Prestige Builders mirrors that of the duties of Prime Contractors in Manitoba.

Duties of Prime Contractors in Manitoba include:

  • - Set up a system to ensure every person involved in the construction project meets their legal safety and health obligations.
  • - Co-ordinate, organize and oversee the performance of all work at the construction project site.
  • - Provide relevant information that is known or reasonably ought to be known to the owner of the construction project site and every sub-contractor involved in work on the project.
  • - Conduct regular inspections of work processes and procedures.
  • - Ensure corrective action is taken and communicated to all affected persons when safety and health risks are identified.
  • - Enforce safe work practices with sub-contractors, visitors and any other person who may visit the worksite.

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