Maintenance Work Results in Electrical Shock, Employer Fined $50,000
December 22, 2016 - OTTAWA, ONTARIO - An owner-operator of residential and commercial buildings pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker received an electrical shock and was injured falling off a ladder while replacing part of a light fixture. On July 21, 2015, an employee was working at a commercial office building. On that day the worker was changing a "ballast" light fixture on the ceiling of one of the building's public hallways. The task required the worker to climb a five-foot ladder in order to remove the existing ceiling ballast and insert a new one. On this occasion, and contrary to company policy, the energy source of the light fixture in question was not shut off, locked-out or tagged. The worker suffered an electric shock and fell from the ladder. As a result of the fall, the worker suffered fractures.