Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured NEWMARKET, ON – Hardrock Forming Co. – Division of 5556347 Ontario Limited was found guilty and fined $50,000 on August 26, 2011, after being convicted of a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
On November 4, 2008, a Hardrock employee was working on a project at 220 Commerce Valley Drive West in Markham. The project involved a system of wooden moulds for concrete called formwork. The worker stepped on the formwork and fell through, suffering a wrist injury.
A Ministry of Labour inspector attended the project and found that the support and bracing for the formwork had been removed, but appropriate signs warning workers of the hazard had not been placed.
After a trial, Hardrock Forming Co. – Division of 5556347 Ontario Limited was fined for failing, as an employer, to ensure that signs were posted in prominent locations and in sufficient numbers to warn workers of a hazard on a project.