Court Bulletin - Canada Steel Service Centre Inc. fined $92,500 after worker suffers serious injuries

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Court Bulletin - Canada Steel Service Centre Inc. fined $92,500 after worker suffers serious injuries

LONDON, ON, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - Canada Steel Service Centre Inc. pleaded guilty on December 17, 2008, and was fined $92,500 in the Ontario Court of Justice after serious injuries were suffered by a young worker in their warehouse located at 25 Cuddy Blvd. in London, Ontario.
On April 23, 2007, a young worker at the warehouse who had been on the job just under three months, was moving two bundles of steel round bars weighing approximately 3629 kg. (8,000 lbs.) with an overhead crane operated by a hand-held control from the ground. The rigging of the hoisting chains affixed by the worker to lift and move the bundles of steel was improper and unsafe and the steel consequently slipped out of the rigging and struck the worker below. The worker, who had not been formally trained in crane operation, was hampered and unable to move out of the way because of beams stored on the floor in this area. The worker sustained serious foot, lung, leg, arm and back injuries. One of the worker's feet was later amputated.
Justice of the Peace R. P. Ponton fined Canada Steel Service Centre Inc. $92,500 for failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker about how to safely operate an overhead crane to lift bundles of round bars, and failing to provide information, instruction and supervision about safe rigging procedures for using an overhead crane before permitting the worker to lift bundles of round bars with the crane. This was contrary to section 25(2)(a) 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.
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Court Information at a Glance
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Location: Ontario Court of Justice
Courtroom 102
London, Ontario
Judge: Justice of the Peace R. P. Ponton
Date: December 17, 2008
Defendants: Canada Steel Service Centre Inc.
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety Act
Crown Counsel: Deanna M. Exner
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