Auto repair shop owner sentenced to seven days in jail

Owner of Oakville, Ont. automotive shop refused to allow health and safety inspectors in during a surprise inspection

The owner of an Ontario automotive repair shop has been sentenced to seven days in jail and placed on probation for six months after he refused to let health and safety inspectors into the premises.

On Jan. 9, 2003, two Ministry of Labour inspectors arrived at Ace Automotive in Oakville, Ont., to conduct a routine, unannounced inspection of the premises. The owner prevented the inspectors from entering the workplace, contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The owner was “verbally abusive and intimidating toward the inspectors,” according to a press release put out by the Ministry of Labour.

The owner, who was not named by the Ministry of Labour, was convicted on May 3, 2005, for obstructing an inspector, contrary to s. 62(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The Ontario Court of Justice imposed the jail sentence and probation on Sept. 21, 2005.

The right way to act

Karen Sargeant, a partner in McCarthy Tétrault's labour and employment group, has put together a list of the proper things to do when a health and safety inspectors shows up at the door.

For more information see What to do in a health and safety inspection

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