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September 15, 2004

Firm fined $90,000 over fatal

C.Z. Carpentry Inc., a small Toronto company that provides carpentry services to the construction industry, has been fined $90,000 in connection with an incident that resulted in the death of an employee at a construction site.

Court heard that on Feb. 14, 2003 a worker was carrying a circular saw across 6.09 metres (20 feet) of a roof on a house when the worker fell about 7.9 metres (26 feet) to the ground below.

The worker died on March 12, 2003.

The worker had been instructed by a principal of C.Z. Carpentry to carry the saw to the roof’s apex when the incident occurred. The worker was helping to cover the roof with plywood sheathing and had been told to trim a piece of the plywood.

An investigation by the Ministry of Labour found the worker was wearing a fall-arrest harness attached to a length of rope, but the rope was not attached to anything and, as a result, the harness failed to protect the worker.

The incident occurred at a house under construction in Vaughan, Ont.

—Grant Cameron

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