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Woodstock Auto Recyclers Ltd. Fined $60,000 After Workers Injured

Apr 27th, 2012Comments Off

Woodstock, ON – Woodstock Auto Recyclers Ltd., a Woodstock automobile wrecking yard, was fined $60,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after three workers were injured.

On November 16, 2010, three workers were inside the company’s Woodstock facility. One of the workers was removing a gas tank from a car. The gas tank had not been emptied. Gasoline spilled out of the tank and was ignited by a nearby inspection lamp. A fire started and the emergency exit was blocked, forcing the workers to run to the other end of the building to escape. All three workers received burns and smoke inhalation.

Woodstock Auto Recyclers Ltd. was fined $55,000 for failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker for the safe removal of a gas tank. The company was also fined $5,000 for failing to ensure that emergency exits were free from obstructions.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Sonia Aleong. 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.

TORONTO – Res 2000 Structures Inc. Fined $160,000 After Worker Killed

Apr 5th, 2012Comments Off

Toronto, ON – Res 2000 Structures Inc., a Cookstown constructor, was fined $160,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On March 12, 2010, workers were installing formwork and concrete at a building project in Toronto when a worker fell about 10 meters through an opening in a concrete slab. The worker died as a result of the fall.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the opening’s protective floor covering, which was unmarked and unsecured, had been removed before the worker fell through.

Res 2000 Structures Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the floor covering completely covered the opening in the work surface, was securely fastened and was adequately identified as covering an opening.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Inderpaul Chandhoke. 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.

Building Centre Operator Fined $65,000 After Worker Injured

Apr 4th, 2012Comments Off

North Bay, ON – 4536631 Canada Inc., the Quebec owner and operator of a Rona Cashway Building Centre in North Bay, was fined $65,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On August 12, 2010, workers were cleaning a drywall warehouse at the building centre. They were using a forklift to help them organize materials. A young worker on the team approached the forklift and walked behind it, thinking eye contact had been made with its operator. The forklift operator reversed the forklift towards the young worker at a high speed and did not see the young worker in time to avoid a collision. The forklift struck and ran over the young worker, causing bone fractures and nerve damage.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that there were no adequate warning signs or barriers in place to protect workers where the forklift was being used.

4536631 Canada Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that barriers, warning signs or other safeguards were in place to protect workers in an area where vehicular traffic may endanger a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Diane Lafleur. 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.

 

Triple M Metal Corp. Fined $75,000 After Worker Injured

Apr 4th, 2012Comments Off

Hamilton, ON – Triple M Metal Corp., a Brampton company that recycles metal, was fined $75,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On May 25, 2010, at the company’s facility in Hamilton, a worker was using a torch to cut a railcar coupling. The coupling contained a cylinder that held compressed hydraulic fluids. The torch pierced the cylinder, allowing the hydraulic fluids to escape and ignite. The worker suffered second and third degree burns.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the company’s procedures to identify hazardous materials failed to ensure that objects containing compressed hydraulic fluids were not cut using torches.

Triple M Metal Corp. pleaded guilty to failing take the reasonable precaution of having a safe procedure to ensure that objects being cut contained no hazardous materials.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Hugh Brown. 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

WOODSTOCK – Rassaun Steel & Mfg. Co. Ltd. Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured

Mar 30th, 2012Comments Off

Woodstock, ON – Rassaun Steel & Mfg. Co. Ltd., a Simcoe mechanical and electrical service provider, was fined $70,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On September 10, 2006, workers from the company were removing equipment at a decommissioned foundry. One piece of equipment was positioned under, and attached to, an overhead duct. As a worker detached the equipment from the duct, the duct broke and fell on another worker who was walking underneath it. The worker suffered a fractured skull, several broken bones and internal injuries.

Rassaun Steel & Mfg. Co. Ltd. was found guilty of failing to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring that the overhead duct was adequately supported while the equipment was being removed.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Sonia Aleong. 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.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. Fined $50,000 After Fire

Mar 30th, 2012Comments Off

Brampton, ON – Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., a Toronto natural gas distributor, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a fire at a worksite.

On September 30, 2009, workers were installing a new section of natural gas pipe inside the company’s Lisgar Gate Pressure Regulating Station in Mississauga. The workers noticed natural gas leaking from a previously installed section of pipe and the site was evacuated. Shortly afterwards, the natural gas ignited, resulting in a fire. Nobody was injured.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the previously installed section of pipe had been left pressurized with natural gas while workers were installing the new section of pipe.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring that a high pressure gas line was de-energized while it was being modified and while construction work was being done adjacent to it.

In July 2011, the contractor on the project, Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited, pleaded guilty to a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and was fined $50,000.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Barnes. 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.

 

Manufacturer Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

Mar 15th, 2012Comments Off

Brampton, ON – Surteco Canada Ltd., carrying on business as Doellken-Woodtape, an international manufacturer of plastic edging for use on furniture, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On March 30, 2010, a worker at the company’s Brampton plant was cleaning out a hopper. The worker reached a hand into the hopper while an auger inside it was slowly rotating.¬† The worker’s hand was injured when it was caught by the auger and trapped against the hopper wall.

Surteco Canada Ltd., carrying on business as Doellken-Woodtape,  pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the auger had stopped rotating before the worker began cleaning the hopper.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Thomas McKeogh. 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.

New Water Plumbing Inc. Fined $100,000 After Worker Killed

Mar 6th, 2012Comments Off

Toronto, ON – New Water Plumbing Inc., of Thornhill, was fined $100,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On December 23, 2009, two workers from New Water Plumbing Inc. were in the mechanical room of a Toronto condo tower. They had taken a large exhaust fan out of its housing. As the workers were moving the fan, a light fixture they had swung out of the way swung back and hit the fan. Part of the light fixture was damaged, allowing its electrical charge to contact the fan. The worker who was holding the fan at the time was fatally electrocuted.

New Water Plumbing Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the fan was lifted, carried or moved in a way that would not endanger a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Mary Anne Ross Hendriks. 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.

Tupling Farms Ltd. Fined $90,000 After Worker Killed

Feb 20th, 2012Comments Off

Caledon, ON – Tupling Farms Ltd., a Shelburne potato farm, was fined $90,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On September 21, 2010, on a field in the Township of Melancthon, workers were harvesting potatoes. Some plant material got tangled in the harvester and the workers cleared it away. The operator of the harvester was then signaled to reverse the machine. While in reverse it rolled over and killed a worker who, unbeknownst to the operator, had moved from the front of the harvester.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that Tupling Farms Ltd. had not developed or implemented any written procedures for safely cleaning debris from the harvester.

Tupling Farms Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of developing and implementing written procedures for the safe clearing of debris from a harvester.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Barnes. 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.

Cinram International Inc. Fined $55,000 After Worker Injured

Feb 10th, 2012Comments Off

Scarborough, ON – Cinram International Inc., an international maker of CDs and DVDs, was fined $55,000 yesterday for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On June 16, 2009, at the company’s workplace in Scarborough, a worker was cutting pieces of steel. The worker was aligning a piece of steel to be cut and had placed one hand near an open vice. The worker accidentally hit a switch that closed the vice, which crushed part of the worker’s hand.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the moving vice was not guarded to prevent a worker from accessing its pinch point.

Cinram International Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that moving vices were guarded to prevent access to a pinch point.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Patrick Marum. 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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