First ever jail sentence handed to NS repeat workplace safety offender

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WATCH ABOVE: For the first time ever, a man is facing jail time in Nova Scotia for work place safety violations. Global’s Legislative Reporter Marieke Walsh reports – Jun 9, 2016

For the first time ever in Nova Scotia, an individual has been handed a jail sentence for charges under the province’s occupational health and safety act.

Joseph Isnor was handed a 15-day sentence on May 24, for repeat offences under the act while operating a roofing company, Global News has learned.

Crown attorney Alex Keaveny said Isnor faced three separate sets of charges for incidents dating back to 2010/11.

In multiple cases, Isnor was found breaking the rules for use of fall protection equipment when he already had similar cases pending, Keaveny said.

In total he faced three separate sets of charges that were all dealt with at Dartmouth court.

“He was a repeat offender, he was an offender who had been given fines that he hadn’t paid, he’d been given the sentence order [to give safety presentations] and he didn’t complete those,” Keaveny said.
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“So we ultimately had to find a sentence that would hopefully ratchet up the consequences for Mr. Isnor to finally bring home the message.”

The 46-year-old will serve his sentence on weekends and isn’t being prevented from working. Isnor was scheduled to start serving the sentence two weeks ago. He will likely serve his time from Friday evening to Monday morning, over the course of six weekends.

Isnor did not reply to Global News’ requests for comment.

No one was injured by Isnor’s failure to meet workplace safety rules.

Isnor was first charged while operating the roofing company Roof Masters and has since operated a company called United Roofing. He sometimes operates under the name Joey Isnor.

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