An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined for
carrying on an electrical contracting business without being
licensed under the Ontario Electricity Act.
A young apprentice with the company was seriously injured after
an electrical explosion.
The apprentice was disassembling and reassembling "conduit
runs" under the supervision of "others who were his
masters or supervisors". He was "pulling a disconnect of
a busbar" when it exploded. There was a fire and molten
metal fell on him. He suffered lasting injuries.
The court found that the company operated an electrical
contracting business without being the holder of an electrical
contracting license pursuant to Regulation 570/05
("Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master
Electricians") under the
The court accepted the prosecutor's request for a $25,000
fine for failing to hold the contracting license.
This case shows that the mere failure to obtain an appropriate
license can cost employers many thousands of dollars in fines where
the employer carries out safety-sensitive work.
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