Grimsby Builder Convicted After Construction Project Collapses

WELLAND, ONTARIO - A construction project that collapsed due to wind load and a lack of bracing and proper anchoring has led to a $20,000 fine against the individual in charge of the project.

A storage barn was being built on a residential farm property. On November 24, 2014, the partially-built, wood-framed storage barn collapsed.

The property owner had hired a builder to undertake the construction of the storage barn, which was about 120 feet long and 60 feet wide.

At the time of the collapse, the four walls and the roof of the storage barn had been erected on top of the structure's concrete foundation.  However, none of the walls had been braced to prevent their movement or collapse, and the anchor bolts connecting the walls to the foundation had not been secured.

The constructor failed to meet a number of requirements. He failed to file a Notice of Project relating to the construction of the storage barn, and failed, as a constructor, to give notice in writing to a Ministry of Labour inspector within two days of the structural failure of the storage barn, as required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Following the collapse of the barn, the builder failed to furnish all necessary assistance to facilitate an investigation by a Ministry of Labour inspector; over the course of several months, the Ministry of Labour inspector made multiple attempts to contact the builder and left him multiple messages but received no response.

Member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering

Member of the Building Industry and Land Development Association

Member of the Canadian Home Builders Association

Member of the Ontario Home Builders Association