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  • Contracting Company Fined $60,000 for 2015 Workplace Accident

    A construction worker who fell some 30 feet during construction of the Paul Reynolds Community Center in St. John’s says the accident changed his life forever.

    Thomas Grace says everyone else sees a scar on his head from the fall. He told the judge what he sees is a reminder of September 11, 2015.

    Grace was clearing the site at the end of the day when he moved a wooden pallet on the roof. He did not know there was a hole beneath the pallet used as an entry way for workers. Grace fell through to the ground below.

    Contracting company Flynn Canada Ltd. of Mount Pearl entered a guilty plea this week in court to one count under the Occupational Health and Safety Act as a result of the accident. Two other charges were withdrawn.

    Grace says he loved his work, and told the judge he could “lug and pull” with the best of them. Now he says he suffers from constant neck and back pain and PTSD, and says he has difficultly sleeping.

    The judge accepted a joint submission on sentencing of $50,000 in fines. The company must also pay $10,000 to Service NL for education and training for supervisors in the roofing industry.

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