Casino Rama fined $50,000 after workers injured

Casino Rama has been fined $50,000 after two workers reportedly suffered critical injuries as a result of slipping and falling in the employee parking lot in 2016.

According to the Ministry of Labour, on Dec. 5, 2016, a worker arrived at work and after parking, slipped and fell while walking through the parking lot. Other workers went to help and one them also slipped and fell.

The workers were taken by ambulance to hospital where their injuries were deemed critical.

Investigation by the Ministry of Labour revealed that the area of the parking lot where the workers fell was covered with ice and snow and was very slippery. Surveillance footage of the area reportedly showed that seven other people had slipped on ice in this parking lot earlier in the day.

The Ministry of Labour says, at the time of the accident, Casino Rama had a snow removal policy that included applying road salt in walkways and customer parking areas. However, the policy did not include applying road salt in the employee parking lot.

Section 11(a) of Ontario Regulation 851 (the Industrial Establishments Regulation) requires that “a floor or other surface used by any worker shall be kept free of obstructions, hazards and accumulations of refuse, snow or ice.”

In the court bulletin issued on June 6, 2018 following the conviction, the Ministry says “Casino Rama Services Inc. failed as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed in section 11(a) of Ontario Regulation 851 were carried out at the workplace.”

This constitutes an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Following a guilty plea, Casino Rama was fined $50,000. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.