Fatal Fall Results in $150000 Fine for Windsor Company

Fatal Fall Results in $150000 Fine for Windsor Company
Windsor company fined $150K for death of worker who fell through skylight
A Windsor company, Vollmer Inc., has been fined $150,000 in the death of an employee who fell through a skylight in November 2016.

The worker was part of the contracting crew working to install new electrical equipment and cable for new machinery at Ventra Plastics on Kew Drive. He had been pulling heavy electrical cable onto the roof of the plant.

Deadly fall costs Windsor contractor $150K in fines

He was found on the concrete floor directly below a shattered skylight during a break. The worker was pronounced dead after being transported to hospital.

According to the court bulletin released Tuesday, the skylight had covers on them but "no guardrails, protective coverings or other means of fall protection" to protect workers.

Vollmer Inc. pleaded guilty and Justice of the Peace Susan Hoffman also ordered the company to pay a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.

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A Windsor construction contractor has been fined $150,000 after a worker died from a fall two years ago.

The Ministry of Labour said a worker was killed after falling through a skylight at Ventra Plastics in Windsor on November 3, 2016. The commercial building on Kew Drive was having new electrical equipment installed. The ministry said a worker, along with a crew, was engaged in pulling lengths of heavy electrical cable onto the roof of the plant but during a break, the worker was seen in an area of the roof and the crew heard a crash. They said they saw a shattered skylight and the worker on the concrete floor directly below.

A ministry spokesperson said the skylights still had all of their covers on them but there were no guardrails, protective coverings or other means of fall protection installed to protect workers from the danger of falling through the skylights on the roof of the project.

The court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, or almost $38,000, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.