Resort guest’s death must be reported to MOL: Court

Blue Mountain appealing ‘unusual’ Ontario ruling
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/19/2011

On Christmas Eve 2007, a guest drowned in an unsupervised swimming pool at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Collingwood, Ont.

The resort did not report the incident to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour since an employee wasn’t injured or killed on the job. That was wrong, according to the Ontario Divisional Court, which recently agreed with both the Ontario Labour Relations Board and a ministry inspector that the obligation to report the death was not unreasonable.

“Workers and guests are vulnerable to the same hazards. The purposes and intents of the legislation would be undermined if a physical hazard with potential to harm workers and non-workers alike was not subject to reporting and oversight,” said the court.