Vehicle Part Manufacturer Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

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Vehicle Part Manufacturer Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

Ministry of Labour

Chatham, ON - KSR International Co., carrying on business as Dresden Industrial-Ridgetown, a maker of vehicle parts, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On May 20, 2010, at the company's facility in Ridgetown, a worker was trying to fix a press that was not working. The worker entered the press to determine the problem and correct it. When the press started working again, it closed on part of the worker's hand, injuring the worker.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker had not used a block to stop the press from moving.

KSR International Co., carrying on business as Dresden Industrial-Ridgetown, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the press had maintenance work preformed on it only after it had been blocked to prevent its movement.

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


Court Information at a Glance

Location:                    Ontario Court of Justice

                                   21633 Communication Rd.

                                   Chatham, ON

Judge:                        Justice of the Peace Michael Hurst

Date of Sentencing:   December 14, 2011

Defendant:                 KSR International Co., carrying on business as
                                    Dresden Industrial-Ridgetown

Matter:                       Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                Ontario Regulation 851, Section 75(b)

Crown Counsel:         Shantanu Roy and Jason Tam


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