Site owner, not contractor, liable for workplace injury, court says

Ensuring power was turned off was beyond contractor's qualifications
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The owner of a construction site is responsible for a workplace injury, not the contractor, according to the Ontario Court of Justice.

In July 2003, Premier Recycling Limited, a scrap metal disposal company, was contracted to remove metal from a power plant owned by Abitibi Consolidated, a paper and wood products company, in Iroquois Falls, Ont.

Dwayne Duguay, a worker with Premier Recycling, was seriously injured on July 7, 2003, when he cut an electrical panel with a live wire. The Ministry of Labour issued a stop work order and Premier Recycling was charged under the