St. Mary's company fined $70,000 after worker critically injured

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St. Mary's company fined $70,000 after worker critically injured

STRATFORD, ON, Dec. 5 - A St. Mary's, Ont., food processing and packaging company pleaded guilty on November 19, 2007, and was fined $70,000 on November 28, 2007, in the Ontario Court of Justice in connection with critical injuries suffered by a worker in 2006. Judge K. McKerlie heard that, on May 31, 2006, a worker at Richardson Foods Limited, 25 South Service Rd., St. Mary's, was operating a machine - a Double Lane packing machine - used to package condiment sauces into cups which are then sealed and put into boxes. While the machine was in use to package hotcake syrup, it began to stick and have running problems. The worker, in trying to clear part of the machine, became trapped in the machinery by the head and suffered critical injuries. Richardson Foods Limited pleaded guilty as an employer to failing to ensure that the machine was equipped with, or guarded by, a guard or other device that would have prevented access to a pinch point. This measure was required by section 25 of Ontario Regulation 851/90 and the employer's failure was contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge on the total, 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, Courtroom 1 100 Patrick St., Stratford, Ontario Judge: Judge K. McKerlie Date: November 28, 2007 Defendants: Richardson Foods Limited Matter: Occupational Health & Safety ------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.labour.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Contacts: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Judy L. Chan, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7978 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Contacts: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Judy L. Chan, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7978