Brampton pet supply company fined $70,000 for health and safety violation injuring worker

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Brampton pet supply company fined $70,000 for health and safety violation injuring worker

BRAMPTON, ON, Dec. 14 - A Brampton pet supply company was fined $70,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, December 11, 2007, following the injury of a worker in a forklift accident. Justice of the Peace G. Manno heard that the company, 3499481 Canada Inc., operating as Super Pet, has a pet store at 547 Steeles Ave., E., Brampton where the employee was working on March 8, 2006. The employee and a co-worker were moving supplies from store shelves onto a skid that was elevated on a forklift when the incident occurred. Court was told that the worker was standing atop a platform ladder, having loaded four bags onto the skid and asked the co-worker to lower the forks and the skid. As the forks came down, they came in contact with the top guardrail of the platform ladder, tipping it and causing it to fall. The worker on the platform fell with it and suffered leg and arm injuries. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that neither worker was trained in the use of the electrically powered forklift, neither were they being instructed and accompanied by a competent person. The store had a policy that the forklift was to be operated only by a certified operator. The employer breached section 51(2)(a) of Ontario Regulation 851 and section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act when it failed to ensure that the lifting device was operated only by a competent person, or a worker being instructed who was accompanied by a competent person. 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, 5 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton, Ontario Judge: Justice of the Peace G. Manno Date: December 11, 2007 Defendants: 3499481 Canada Inc o/a Super Pet 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; Alicia Gordon-Fagan, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7971 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; Alicia Gordon-Fagan, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7971