$20,000 fine or­dered in col­lapse of stor­age barn un­der con­struc­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

A Grimsby builder has been fined $20,000 in con­nec­tion with the col­lapse of a con­struc­tion project more than two years ago.

The Min­istry of Labour says a stor­age barn was be­ing built at 3357 Re­gional Road 12, in West Lin­coln when it col­lapsed on Nov. 24, 2014, due to wind load and a lack of brac­ing and proper an­chor­ing.

At the time of the col­lapse, the four walls and the roof of the 40- by 20-me­tre stor­age barn had been erected on top of the struc­ture’s con­crete foun­da­tion.

But none of the walls had been prop­erly braced to pre­vent their move­ment or col­lapse, and the an­chor bolts con­nect­ing the walls to the foun­da­tion had not been se­cured.

The per­son hired to do the job, Tom Ivezic, failed to meet re­quire­ments, such as fil­ing a No­tice of Project re­lat­ing to the con­struc­tion of the stor­age barn, the min­istry says. As well, he failed to give no­tice in writ­ing to a Min­istry of Labour in­spec­tor within two days of the struc­tural fail­ure of the barn, as re­quired un­der the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Act.

Fol­low­ing the barn’s col­lapse, Ivezic also failed to fur­nish nec­es­sary as­sis­tance to a Min­istry of Labour in­spec­tor. The pro­vin­cial in­spec­tor made nu­mer­ous at­tempts to con­tact Ivezic, and left him mul­ti­ple mes­sages but re­ceived no re­sponse.

The court hear­ing by Jus­tice of the Peace Dan La Caprara on Feb. 9 also 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.

Ivezic could not be reached for com­ment.

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