Havelock company fined $60,000 in injured young worker case

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Havelock company fined $60,000 in injured young worker case

PETERBOROUGH, ON, Dec. 7 - A Havelock, Ont., mining and mineral processing company was fined $60,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, December 6, 2007, in connection with the injury of a young worker in 2006. Justice of the Peace Peter J. Hiscox heard that on July 19, 2006, the young worker was employed at Unimin Canada Ltd.'s ore processing plant on County Road 6, Havelock. While changing dust bags inside a dust collector with two other summer workers and a full-time employee, the young worker walked along an eight-inch-wide (20 centimetres) catwalk that was eight feet, four inches (2.5 metres) above the floor, and fell, suffering a broken leg. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the catwalk was not equipped with guardrails as required by section 46(3) of Ontario Regulation 854. Unimin Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty to breaching the Regulation and 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 4 70 Simcoe St., Peterborough Ontario Judge: Justice of the Peace Peter J. Hiscox Date: December 6, 2007 Defendants: Unimin Canada Ltd. Matter: Occupational Health & Safety ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.labour.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Daniel Kleiman, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7584 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Daniel Kleiman, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7584