Global Egg Corporation fined $50,000 for a health and safety violation

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Global Egg Corporation fined $50,000 for a health and safety violation

TORONTO, Feb. 21 - Global Egg Corporation, a Toronto-based company which produces liquid and frozen pasteurized egg products for the commercial, industrial and food service markets, was fined $50,000 today for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in scalp injuries to a worker.
On January 11, 2007, the worker was under an Egg Sonovo loading machine setting up the drip sanitizer tray while the machine was running. The machine's drive shaft was covered by an "L" shaped metal cover, which was not bolted in place or interlocked to the machine motion. The cover fell to the floor when the worker knocked it. The worker's hairnet and hair became entangled in the rotating shaft, causing scalp injuries. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the rotating shaft was inadequately guarded and there was access to moving and rotating parts.
Global Egg Corporation pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 24 of Regulation 851 were carried out, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
A fine of $50,000 was imposed by Justice of the Peace Esme Lall. 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.

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Court Information at a Glance
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Location: Courtroom C
Old City Hall
60 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
Judge: Justice of the Peace Esme Lall
Date: February 21, 2008
Defendants: Global Egg Corporation
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
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