Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

March 03, 2005 13:03 ET

WSIB Charges: Employers and Workers Fined


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FOR: WORKPLACE SAFETY AND INSURANCE BOARD

MARCH 3, 2005 - 13:03 ET

WSIB Charges: Employers and Workers Fined

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 3, 2005) - Three employers and
two workers have been fined for offences under the Workplace Safety and
Insurance Act.

An Etobicoke employer, 1200522 Ontario Ltd., operating as Kall Personnel
(of 155 Rexdale Blvd.), pleaded guilty on December 7, 2004, to four
charges of failing to notify the WSIB within three days of learning of
an injury to one of its workers. This is a violation under section
152(3) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. A related company, R&E
Personnel Services Inc. (of the same address), pleaded guilty on the
same date to one charge of failing to notify the WSIB within three days
of learning of an injury to one of its workers. The companies were fined
a total of $12,500.

A Toronto employer, Unicco Facility Services Canada Company (of 411
Richmond St. E., Suite 107), pleaded guilty on January 27, 2005, to
three charges of failing to notify the WSIB within three days of
learning of an injury to one of its workers. This is a violation under
section 152(3) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. Unicco
Facility Services Canada Company was fined a total of $16,500.

A Brampton man, Joao Ferreira, pleaded guilty on January 25, 2005 to one
charge of failing to inform the WSIB within 10 days of a material change
relating to a benefit entitlement. He also pleaded guilty to one charge
of knowingly making a false statement or representation to the WSIB in
relation to a benefit entitlement. These are violations under sections
149(2) and 149(1) respectively of the Workplace Safety and Insurance
Act. Mr. Ferreira was ordered to pay fines totalling $10,000.

A Haliburton woman, Janet Burley, pleaded guilty on February 3, 2005 to
one charge of failing to inform the WSIB within 10 days of a material
change relating to a benefit entitlement. This is a violation under
section 149(2) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. Ms. Burley was
ordered to pay a fine of $8,000.

"People who fail to comply with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act,
are undermining the effective operation of Ontario's workplace safety
and insurance system," said Wayne Pushka, director of the WSIB's
Security and Investigations Branch. "By prosecuting these offences, the
WSIB is helping to ensure a fair and effective compensation system and
safe and healthy workplaces for all Ontarians."

The WSIB's zero tolerance fraud prevention strategy includes an
anonymous, toll-free action line: 1-888-745-3237, and an e-mail address:
sileads@wsib.on.ca for the reporting of fraud and non-compliance.

Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) plays a key role
in the province's occupational health and safety system. The WSIB
administers no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers
and is committed to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses.
The WSIB provides disability benefits, monitors the quality of
healthcare, and assists in early and safe return to work for workers who
are injured on the job or contract an occupational disease.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    WSIB
    Michael Swart
    WSIB External Relations
    (416) 344-4436