Ontario company ordered to pay total of $5 million

Toronto-area staffing agency hit with record fine following deaths of five workers
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/20/2003

A temporary staffing agency in the Toronto area has been ordered to pay a total of $5 million following an investigation after five workers were killed when their van was hit by a commuter train in the summer of 2002.

TIPS Inc., based in Woodbridge, Ont., its president and vice-president were fined $1 million after they pleaded guilty to charges under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

The remaining $4 million is restitution for underreporting its monthly payroll, which determines the premiums it pays to the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).