Construction workers in Ontario and elsewhere are exposed to numerous safety hazards, with fall accidents among the most prevalent. For that reason, it is vital for employers in this industry to comply with the safety regulations of both the Ministry of Labour and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Falls can have catastrophic consequences, including brain injuries and even death.
Following a Dec. 2015 fall in Ontario, a roofing company was recently convicted and fined $55,000 after a guilty plea in a Mississauga court. Reportedly, the case arose after a roof worker fell about 27 feet to a lower level. Court documents indicated that workers failed to cover or guard an opening in the roof where they had removed a skylight.
The worker apparently moved backward while working near the opening and fell through it. An incident report indicated that he suffered serious head injuries. Victims of workplace accidents are typically barred from suing their employers for negligence, but if a third party such as an independent contractor caused the hazard, that person might be held financially responsible.
Workers in Ontario who have suffered serious brain injuries on job sites could discuss the circumstances with a lawyer who is experienced in fighting for the rights of victims of brain trauma. The lawyer can assess the circumstances and examine the cause of the accident to determine whether a third party’s negligence played a role. If there are grounds to file a civil lawsuit, it might be possible to obtain compensation that is more comprehensive than that offered by the workers’ compensation insurance system.
Source: canada.constructconnect.com, “Company fined $55,000 after worker injured in fall“, Jan. 25, 2018