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1648133 Ontario Ltd. and Employee Fined $156,000 After Worker Injured

Nov 15th, 2012Comments Off
Brampton, ON – 1648133 Ontario Ltd., operator of Furmar Dixie Road, a Mississauga facility that produces asphalt, was fined $150,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. An employee of the company, Colin Martin, was fined $6,000 in relation to the same incident.
On June 3, 2011, a truck driver arrived at Furmar Dixie Road to pick up six tons of asphalt. The driver asked about the pickup procedure at the main office and was told to drive under a silo and a horn would indicate when to load up. The driver stopped the truck after hearing the horn, believing that the truck was correctly lined up to receive the asphalt. There were no signals to indicate that the truck was in the wrong position, and the asphalt began releasing onto the cab of the truck, caving it in. The driver yelled for help, was pulled from the truck and suffered severe injuries.
1648133 Ontario Ltd. plead guilty to failing to ensure that the silo was guarded or shielded to prevent its asphalt from endangering a worker. The company also plead guilty to failing to provide the driver with adequate information, instruction and supervision regarding the asphalt loading process. It was fined $75,000 for each offence.
When Ministry of Labour personnel went to investigate the incident they tested the system of photo sensors intended to prevent the release of asphalt if a truck was not lined up correctly. The testing, done in the control tower, showed the sensors for one of the silos were not working. Mr. Martin, who was in the control tower with the ministry personnel, left the room, returned and asked that they test the silo again. This time it worked. When questioned, Mr. Martin told the inspector for the first time that there was a control box that would allow the sensors to be bypassed. He had turned off the sensor bypass to the silo without the inspector’s knowledge or permission.
Colin Martin plead guilty to altering the scene without the inspector’s permission to do so.
The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Barnes. 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.

Vehcom Manufacturing Ltd. Fined $75,000 After Worker Injured

Nov 13th, 2012Comments Off

Guelph, ON – Vehcom Manufacturing Ltd., a Guelph auto parts manufacturer, was fined $75,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On June 11, 2010, a young worker at Vehcom’s industrial facility located at 74 Campbell Road in Guelph, worked on a production line. Known as the “ATX” line, this production line consisted of four machining centres and a fenced-off “robot cell” containing a large robotic arm. A jam occurred in the “robot cell” and the worker entered in order to access the machining centre and clear it. Upon clearing the jam a steel rod activated, causing injuries to the worker’s hand.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the machine was not shut down or locked out when the worker entered to clear the jam.

Vehcom Manufacturing Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the machine was equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevented access to a pinch point.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace A. James Child. 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.

Royal Group, Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

Oct 30th, 2012Comments Off

Newmarket, ON – Royal Group, Inc., carrying on business as Royal Pipe Co., a Toronto pipe manufacturer, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On July 2, 2011, a worker at the company’s Woodbridge manufacturing facility was setting up one of the production lines. The worker slipped on a wet surface and fell onto a machine. The worker’s arm was trapped and injured between the frame of the machine and one of its moving parts.

Royal Group, Inc., carrying on business as Royal Pipe Co., pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the work surface was kept free of slip and fall hazards.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John MacDonald. 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.

Deep Foundations Ltd. Fined $90,000 After Worker Injured

Oct 30th, 2012Comments Off

Ottawa, ON – Deep Foundations Ltd., a Gormley, ON, construction company, was fined $90,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was critically injured.

On October 28, 2009, workers from the company were at a construction project at Woodroffe Rd. and Baseline Rd. in Ottawa. They were vibrating large steel beams into the ground to be used as piles to support the soil during construction. Four beams, or piles, had been welded onto a frame before the workers began setting them into the ground. Workers were vibrating one of the piles into place when another came loose from its welding. The pile fell and struck a worker, causing serious injuries.

Deep Foundations Ltd. was found guilty of failing to take the reasonable precaution of either:

  • driving one pile at a time without having any others welded during the driving process, or
  • having a professional engineer provide requirements for welding when one or more pile is welded while another is being driven.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Brian Mackey. 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.

Northstar Hospitality GP Inc. Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured

Oct 30th, 2012Comments Off

Toronto, ON – Northstar Hospitality GP Inc. was fined $70,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured at the Toronto Hilton.

On August 9, 2011, a worker was doing a weekly test of the Toronto Hilton’s emergency generator equipment. The worker saw a leak under the radiator at the back of the generator and leaned over near the fan box to get a better look. The worker’s hand inadvertently entered an opening at the bottom of the fan box and the worker’s fingers were amputated.

Northstar Hospitality GP Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the generator was guarded to prevent access to its moving parts.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Kevin Madigan. 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.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Fined $200,000 After Workers Injured

Oct 30th, 2012Comments Off

Kitchener, ON – Maple Leaf Foods Inc., a Toronto producer of frozen and prepared foods, was fined $200,000 for two violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after workers were injured in two separate incidents. On July 26, 2010, a worker at the company’s Kitchener factory was operating a machine that folds and glues cardboard into boxes. The machine jammed and the worker opened its gate and reached in to remove the jam. Once the jam was cleared, the machine activated and crushed the worker’s arm. An investigation found the machine’s moving parts had not been stopped and blocked prior to the worker removing the jam. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. was fined $100,000 for failing to ensure that the jam was removed only when motion that could endanger the worker was stopped and the machine’s moving parts were blocked. On

December 29, 2010, at the Kitchener factory, a worker was checking a machine to make sure sanitary standards were met before work began for the day. The worker saw a piece of plastic wrap stuck in the machine’s conveyor system. The worker reached in to remove the plastic wrap and the conveyor activated when the debris was dislodged. The worker’s glove got caught in the conveyor and the worker’s hand was pulled into the equipment. The worker had not been instructed on the proper procedures for removing debris from the machine. The worker was also not taught how to effectively lock out power to the machine. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. was fined $100,000 for failing to ensure that the worker was provided information, instruction and supervision on the safe procedures for cleaning and locking out the machine. 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.

BARRIE – Basecrete Inc. and Westin Homes Ltd. Fined $85,000 After Worker Injured

Sep 22nd, 2012Comments Off

Barrie, ON – Basecrete Inc., a Woodbridge concrete and drain construction company, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Westin Homes Ltd., a Brantford residential constructor, was fined $35,000 in relation to the same incident.

On November 5, 2008, workers from Basecrete Inc. were installing sewers at a construction project in Brantford owned by Westin Homes Ltd. Two workers were in a trench installing a sewer main when part of the excavation collapsed. One of the workers suffered broken bones.

A Ministry of Labour investigation revealed that the trench had not been reinforced by an appropriate support system at the time of the collapse.

Basecrete Inc. was found guilty, as an employer, of allowing workers to enter an excavation that was not compliant with Ontario’s construction regulations. Westin Homes Ltd. was found guilty, as a constructor, of the same offense.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Dennis Wilson. 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.

Cascades Canada ULC Fined $80,000 After Worker Injured

Sep 20th, 2012Comments Off

Toronto, ON – Cascades Canada ULC, a multinational packaging and tissue company operating as Cascade Tissue Group – Toronto, was fined $80,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On June 24, 2011, at the company’s facility in Toronto, a worker returning to the receiving area from break was struck by a forklift carrying a large roll of paper. The worker’s leg was injured. The worker was not wearing a safety vest and there were no barriers in the receiving area to protect workers from forklift traffic. Furthermore, the only sign warning of vehicular traffic was posted at the plant’s gatehouse lobby.

Cascades Canada ULC operating as Cascade Tissue Group – Toronto pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that materials were transported in a way and with appropriate precautions to protect the safety of a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Ronald Johnston. 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.

TKPL & Associates Ltd. Fined $80,000 After Worker Killed

Sep 16th, 2012Comments Off

Parry Sound, ON – TKPL & Associates Ltd., operator of a grocery store in Sundridge, ON, was fined $80,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On February 4, 2011, a worker at the grocery store was arranging items on shelves while standing on a stepladder. To reach the top shelf, the worker had to stand on the top cap of the ladder, which was not intended as a step. While working from the top cap the worker lost balance and fell to the floor, suffering a fatal head injury.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that it was common practice in the store for workers to stand on the top cap of this type of stepladder to reach shelves. However the stepladder was not appropriate equipment for the task given the workers’ need to stand on the top cap.

TKPL & Associates Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of providing appropriate equipment to reach shelves for the protection of a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Marcel Bedard. 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.

CORNWALL – Hubert Sabourin Inc. Fined $100,000 After Worker Killed

Sep 7th, 2012Comments Off

Cornwall, ON – Hubert Sabourin Inc., an Alexandria, ON metal fabricator, was fined $100,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On March 2, 2011, a worker at the company’s Alexandria facility was in the yard measuring an empty container. The container was third in a row of four. As the worker was taking measurements, a second worker used a forklift to retrieve the first container in the row. This caused the other containers to bang up against each other. The first worker’s head was caught between the third and fourth containers and the worker died of severe head trauma.

Hubert Sabourin Inc. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker on the dangers of working in the yard where there is vehicular traffic.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Linda Leblanc. 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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