Workers Health & Safety Centre

Restaurant convicted and fined for failing to comply with MOL orders

A Toronto sports bar has been fined $110,000 for failing to comply with health and safety orders, including a requirement to establish a joint health and safety committee (JHSC).
According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL), an inspector visited the restaurant over a six month period in 2011 and issued various orders. After failing to comply with 13 orders the restaurant was charged under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (the Act).
In addition to the lack of a JHSC, convictions related to non-compliance with requirements for:
  • material safety data sheets (MSDs),
  • safety mechanisms such as guards, and
  • health and safety policies and programs, including those required for workplace violence and harassment.  
In addition to the fine imposed for violating the Act, the employer must also pay a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.
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