The death of one of its subcontractor's employees has
resulted in a $100,000 fine to a real estate project management
Four workers of the subcontractor were demolishing an interior
concrete block wall which was 26 feet high. The wall
collapsed on two workers. The collapse was captured on
video. One of the workers died, and the other suffered severe
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that an inadequate
demolition procedure was used. The project management firm
pleaded guilty, as a constructor, to two counts of failing to
ensure that the health and safety of workers was protected.
The total fine was $100,000.
This case demonstrates how project management firms can be the
"constructor" under the Occupational Health and
Safety Act, thereby taking on responsibility for all workers
on the project – not only the project management firm's
The Ministry of Labour's press release may be accessed here.
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