Wescast Industries Inc. fined $240,000 for health and safety violation

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Wescast Industries Inc. fined $240,000 for health and safety violation

GODERICH, ON, Jan. 25 - Wescast Industries Inc., a Brantford, Ont.-based manufacturer and supplier of engine components used in light cars and trucks, with a factory in Wingham, Ont., was fined $240,000 on January 23, 2008, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in the death of a worker. On July 14, 2006, a worker was working in a steel melting area when the worker was crushed between the furnace's hood and a "lip" (a vibrating steel plate) that was extending on a "charge car" (a vehicle that carried and delivered scrap metal to a row of furnaces). The worker died. The incident occurred at the company's factory at 200 Water Street in Wingham, about 55 miles (88 kilometres) northwest of Kitchener, Ont. A Ministry of Labour investigation found the charge car was being operated by a second worker from a control panel inside a control room. From that position, the second worker was unable to see the entire path of the car's travel. In particular, the second worker could not see the area where the first worker was working. Wescast Industries Inc. pleaded guilty, as an employer, to one count of failing to take the reasonable precautions of: - ensuring that workers were not endangered by moving parts of the car; - ensuring that the car's operator had a clear and unobstructed view of the entire area the car could operate in, including the area where workers had access; and - ensuring that the car was operated as recommended in the car's installation, operation and maintenance instructions. Contact Info This was contrary to Section 25(2)(h) of the act. The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Robert Gay of the Ontario Court of Justice in Goderich. In addition, 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 1 Courthouse Square, Courtroom 10 Goderich, Ontario Judge: Justice of the Peace Robert Gay Date/Time: January 23, 2008, 2:30 p.m. Defendant: Wescast Industries Inc. Matter: Occupational Health & Safety ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.labour.gov.on.ca For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Deanna Exner, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-1350 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; Deanna Exner, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-1350