The owner of a roofing company based out of Dorchester has been sentenced to three days in jail and a $5,000 fine for attempting to cover up a lack of fall protection at a site after a worker fell 18 feet.
The investigation began on August 17, 2015 when three workers for AB Clothier Roofing, including the owner A. Bradley Clothier, were working on a residential roofing project at a two-storey home in Bayfield without proper fall protection.
After one of the workers fell 18 feet from the roof and was injured, the Ministry of Labour found that Clothier directed the third worker at the site to go up onto the roof and put up lifelines and fall protection in an attempt to deceive the resulting Ministry of Labour investigation.
Clothier pleaded guilty to failing to ensure a worker was adequately protected by a method of fall protection and attempting to hinder, obstruct, molest or interfere with an inspector in the exercise of his or her power, or performance of a duty.
In addition to the fine and jail time, the court imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge which is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.