Woodstock-based company fined $75,000 for health and safety violation injuring worker

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Woodstock-based company fined $75,000 for health and safety violation injuring worker

BRANTFORD, ON, Dec. 14 - A Woodstock-based company was fined $75,000 following a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice, December 12, 2007, in connection with the injury of a worker in a forklift accident. The incident happened at the Syri-Con Corporation's concrete plant at 48 Brentwood Dr., Princeton, Ontario, on June 22, 2006. Justice of the Peace Dan McDonald found that on the day of the incident a worker was working with a colleague to move 455 kilogram (1,000 lb.) concrete panels from the casting floor to a flat bed truck for delivery. The overhead crane normally used to lift the panels was not working, and the workers varied the workplace's normal procedure by modifying a forklift to lift the panels and load them on the truck. When lifting a panel the chains that attached the panel to the modified forklift slipped, the forklift operator lowered the panel and the other worker attempted to secure it. The panel tipped, pinning the worker, resulting in multiple broken bones. Justice of the Peace Dan McDonald found that the employer failed to have the modifications to the forklift inspected by a competent person and failed to take every reasonable precaution in the circumstances for the protection of a worker. McDonald registered convictions on three counts: breaches of sections 51(1)(a) and 45(a) of Regulation 851 for Industrial Establishments, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act; and a breach of section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The fine levied on each count was $25,000. 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, 102 Wellington St., Brantford, Ontario Judge: Justice of the Peace Dan McDonald Date: December 12, 2007 Defendants: Syri-Con Corporation 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; Kate Ballweg, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7979 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; Kate Ballweg, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7979