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Honta Trading International Inc. Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured

Mar 6th, 2013Comments Off

Newmarket, ON – Honta Trading International Inc., a Markham handbag importer, was fined $70,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On November 28, 2011, at the company’s Markham warehouse, a temporary worker was offloading pallets full of goods from a truck and placing them along the edge of a racking system.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the racking system, a second worker was using a forklift to put pallets full of goods on the shelves. As the second worker was removing a previously placed pallet from a shelf, the pallet teetered and fell off the back of the racking system onto the first worker.

Honta Trading International Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the pallet was removed from the storage rack in a way that did not endanger the safety of a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Grainne Forrest. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

ECA Canada Company Fined $110,000 After Worker Killed

Mar 6th, 2013Comments Off

Toronto, ON – ECA Canada Company, a Nova Scotia company that sells and services construction drills, was fined $110,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On August 29, 2011, at the company’s workplace in Toronto, a worker was acting as signaler for a crane unloading drill casings from a truck. Three large, cylindrical casings were stacked on the ground in pyramid formation. The bottom two casings were not chocked or wedged to prevent movement. While a fourth casing was being unloaded from the truck, the top casing in the pyramid fell between the two casings holding it up, pushing the bottom casings outward. One of those casings rolled and made contact with the fourth casing that was still suspended by the crane. The suspended casing swayed and struck the signaler, pinning the worker against the back of the truck. The worker was killed.

ECA Canada Company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the bottom row of the pyramid of casings was chocked or wedged to prevent motion.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace K. Dresher. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Corporation of the Township of Essa Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

Mar 6th, 2013Comments Off

Barrie, ON – The Corporation of the Township of Essa was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On January 4, 2012, a worker entered a building owned by the township located at 8531 County Road 10, in Angus. The building was not heated. The worker was tasked with changing the attachment on a municipal tractor machine called a Trackless, which would then be used to clear snow. On the rear of the Trackless was a sand spreader attachment with a large top opening. After changing the front attachment the worker started the Trackless and walked around it, checking that it was ready for use. The worker slipped on ice and one arm went in to the sand spreader, where it was caught by rotating augers and trapped, causing injuries.

The Corporation of the Township of Essa pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the sand spreader was equipped with a guard to prevent access to the rotating augurs.

 

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Dennis D. White. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Construction Company and Supervisor Fined $52,500 After Worker Injured

Feb 22nd, 2013Comments Off
Lindsay, ON – 755055 Ontario Ltd., operating as Rodco Enterprises, a Haliburton construction company, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. A supervisor from the company was fined $2,500 in relation to the same incident.
On December 21, 2010, workers from Rodco were at a residential construction site on Kennisis Lake Rd. in Haliburton. The workers were laying sheets of chip board on a deck. The deck’s framing was complete but no floor had been laid. While positioning a chip board, one of the workers stepped backwards and fell between two deck joists. The worker fell over 3.66 meters to the ground and sustained fractures and a back injury.
755055 Ontario Ltd., operating as Rodco Enterprises, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a guardrail or fall arrest system was used while workers were exposed to a fall hazard of three meters or more.
In addition, after the injury, Rodco’s site supervisor directed workers to install guardrails and the deck floor before the Ministry of Labour attended the scene. This was done without the permission of a ministry inspector.
The supervisor pleaded guilty to interfering with, disturbing, or altering articles or things at the scene of a critical workplace injury.
The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Young. In addition to the fines, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Island Steel Erectors Limited Fined $85,000 After Worker Killed

Feb 6th, 2013Comments Off
February  6, 2013  2:15 pmMinistry of Labour

Milton, ON – Island Steel Erectors Limited, an Oakville company that erects steel structures, was fined $85,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On December 21, 2010, the driver of a truck carrying bundled steel frames arrived at a construction site at 430 Wyecroft Road in Oakville. The crane that was normally used to unload the bundled frames was not available, so a worker obtained a forklift instead. The driver walked around the truck, removing the chains that secured the load of bundles. With the driver out of sight, the worker attempted to lift the first bundle with the forklift. The bundle slid off the forks and fell to the other side of the truck, where it landed on the driver, causing fatal injuries.

Island Steel Erectors Limited pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that material was moved in a manner that did not endanger a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Debra Huston. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Teranorth Construction Engineering Limited Fined $115,000 After Worker Killed

Jan 27th, 2013Comments Off

Thunder Bay, ON – Teranorth Construction & Engineering Limited, a Sudbury constructor, was fined $115,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On June 24, 2011, the company was constructing new eastbound and westbound bridge decks on Highway 11/17 at the Mackenzie River in the Municipality of Shuniah. Precast concrete bridge spans were already installed and workers were pouring liquid grout into the joints. A worker was on an elevated work platform beneath the bridge decks sealing leaks caused by liquid grout seeping through the concrete spans. The elevated work platform was on a sloped surface when it overturned, fatally injuring the worker.

Teranorth Construction & Engineering Limited pled guilty to failing to ensure that the elevated work platform was used only on a firm, level surface.

The fine was imposed by Justice Dianne P. Baig. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Parmalat Canada Inc. Fined $120,000 After Worker Injured

Jan 27th, 2013Comments Off

Stratford, ON – Parmalat Canada Inc., a Toronto dairy manufacturer, was fined $120,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.On February 28, 2011, at the company’s Mitchell, ON, facility, a worker was sanitizing a pipe system in the plant. The cleaning process involved running heated water through the pipes to clear them of the previous product. After the worker hooked up the pipes and turned on the Clean in Place, a system used to clean the pipes, the worker noticed that not all the pipes were getting hot. The worker realized there was an incorrect hookup, shut off the Clean in Place and dissembled two connecting elbows in the pipe system. A third elbow flew off and leaked hot water on the worker, causing first and second degree burns.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the pipe system did not have its direction of flow positively identified. Furthermore, an inspector’s order issued in 2009 for the company to identify the direction of flow in its pipe system had not been complied with.

Parmalat Canada Inc. pled guilty to failing to ensure the direction of flow was positively identified on the pipe system. The company was fined $110,000 for this offense.

Parmalat Canada Inc. also pled guilty to failing to comply with an order by an inspector and was fined $10,000.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Cuthbertson. In addition to the fines, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Winter Safety Blitzes Target Workplace Hazards

Jan 14th, 2013Comments Off

Ontario will conduct three heightened enforcement blitzes at workplaces across the province this winter.

Inspectors from the Ministry of Labour will visit:

  • Underground mines to check on diesel emissions and other hazards that could affect air quality in January and February
  • Industrial and construction workplaces to check for slips, trips and falls hazards in February and March
  • Health care workplaces to check on workplace violence and harassment in February and March

The blitzes will:

  • Raise awareness of health and safety in the workplace
  • Pevent injuries and illnesses that could arise from unsafe work practices
  • Check that workplaces are complying with the law

During blitzes, inspectors will check on condition and maintenance of safety equipment, worker training, the use of safety equipment and other potential health and safety hazards to help prevent workplace injuries.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government’s continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy, while creating jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The blitzes are part of Ontario’s enforcement strategy to increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
  • This past fall blitzes also targeted supervision at construction sites, machine guarding hazards at industrial workplaces, infection prevention and control at health care workplaces and ore transfer in underground mines.
  • Since 2008, ministry inspectors have conducted more than 345,000 field visits, 47 inspection blitzes and issued more than 560,000 compliance orders in Ontario workplaces

IKO Industries Ltd. Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured

Jan 14th, 2013Comments Off
Brampton, ON – IKO Industries Ltd., a Calgary-based roofing manufacturer, was fined $60,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On March 24, 2011, at the company’s Brampton facility, a worker was investigating a problem on one of the production lines that manufactures asphalt shingles. The worker placed a gloved hand on a sheet of asphalt that was being processed. The worker’s hand was pulled into a roller and exposed to a pot of tar. The worker suffered third degree burns.
IKO Industries Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the line’s rollers were equipped with a guard or other device to prevent access to the pinch point.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Hilda Weiss. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Fined $85,000 After Worker Injured

Dec 24th, 2012Comments Off

Newmarket, Ont. – Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, a newspaper publishing company, was fined $85,000 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On June 6, 2011, a crew was working at the newspaper’s Vaughan Press Centre in Woodbridge, where its newsprint products are printed. A worker was assigned to clean the rollers on one of the press units to prepare for bearer pre-tensioning, which involves the adjusting of pressure between the rollers to ensure the quality of print.

The worker activated the “crawl mode,” which rotates the rollers at five revolutions a minute. The worker then cleaned the bottom roller with a rag soaked in solvent. The finger guard had been removed prior to the procedure.

The rag got caught in the rollers and was pulled into the unguarded pinch point, also drawing in the worker’s hand. The worker sustained hand injuries.

Toronto Star Newspapers Limited pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that the rollers were stopped during its cleaning, and that it was properly blocked to prevent its movement.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Grainne M.K. Forrest In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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