Roofing company pleads guilty to not providing safety training

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 24, 2016

Roofing company pleads guilty

A roofing company that had an employee who fractured his legs after falling off a wet roof will be back in court in May after pleading guilty to not providing proper safety training.

Island Wide Roofing and Renovations Inc., through one of its owners, Daniel Hogan, entered the guilty plea in provincial court in Charlottetown on March 21.

The court heard that on Aug. 10, the company was doing a roofing job in New Glasgow.

All of the proper anchor points were in place on the roof for safety equipment, but one of the employees didn't attach a lanyard to his harness.

The roof was wet and the employee fell to the ground after slipping on a piece of plywood.

He suffered injuries that included leg fractures.

That employee didn't have proper safety training, which the company had planned to provide but rescheduled.

The company provided that training three days after the accident.

Crown attorney Gerald Quinn suggested a fine in the range of $10,000 and said the penalty needs to make it clear that one person falling and getting hurt is one too many.

Defence lawyer Brendan Hubley said the company's owners were under the mistaken belief they had 30 days to get employees trained.

Island Roofing and Renovations Inc. is a small company with small revenues, and the penalty should be in the range of $3,000 to $5,000, Hubley said.

The case was adjourned until May 10 for sentencing.