Monday, March 5, 2012

New Water Plumbing Inc. Fined $100,000 After Worker Killed

Court Bulletin

12-15 For Immediate Release
March 5, 2012

New Water Plumbing Inc. Fined $100,000 After Worker Killed

Toronto, ON – New Water Plumbing Inc., of Thornhill, was fined $100,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On December 23, 2009, two workers from New Water Plumbing Inc. were in the mechanical room of a Toronto condo tower. They had taken a large exhaust fan out of its housing. As the workers were moving the fan, a light fixture they had swung out of the way swung back and hit the fan. Part of the light fixture was damaged, allowing its electrical charge to contact the fan. The worker who was holding the fan at the time was fatally electrocuted.

New Water Plumbing Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the fan was lifted, carried or moved in a way that would not endanger a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Mary Anne Ross Hendriks. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

For further information:
Media contact:
Matt Blajer
Ministry of Labour

Court Information at a Glance
Location: Ontario Court of Justice
70 Centre St.
Toronto, ON

Judge: Justice of the Peace Mary Anne Ross Hendriks
Date of Sentencing: March 1, 2012
Defendant: New Water Plumbing Inc.
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Conviction: Ontario Regulation 851, Section 45
Crown Counsel: David McCaskill


  1. Its right that the New Water Plumbing Inc. is fined , but its good that company felt guilty and agree to raise his standards for the coming time.

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  2. These are published in the HRNC Blog so that employers can become aware not only of the consequences of their NON action - but to become proactive in making their workplace safe for workers. The employer obligations and the employee obligations to make/keep a safe and healthy workplace can be found at This could happen to any business without due diligence. With due diligence if an accident happens at least the employer has written documentation to show. No one wants to have one of their employees be killed. No one.

  3. I agree with the last commenter, however, it's also the workers responsibility to ensure their own safety to avoid accidents like this.

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