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September 24, 2009

Vitrerie Lessard fined for violating Occupational Health and Safety Act

OTTAWA

Vitrerie Lessard Inc., a Quebec manufacturer and installer of windows and other glass and aluminum designs, was fined $65,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after a worker was injured two years ago.

On December 11, 2007, workers were installing windows on an apartment building in Ottawa. They were working from a suspended platform just below the second floor. A worker who was about to step down to the platform from the second-floor slab had a lifeline tied to a nearby window frame. The worker untied the lifeline and it sprang out of grasp. He lunged for it and fell through the space between the building and the suspended platform, suffering a broken arm and pelvis.

Vitrerie Lessard Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker on the safe use of a suspended platform.

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