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Welded Tube Of Canada Fined $140,000 After Worker Critically Injured

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Welded Tube Of Canada Fined $140,000 After Worker Critically Injured

Ministry of Labour

Newmarket, Ont. - Welded Tube of Canada, a Concord-based company, was fined $140,000 on July 16, 2010, for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On July 31, 2008, a worker employed by Welded Tube at 50 Bowes Road in Concord prepared a bundle of steel tubes weighing approximately 2½ tons and sent them down a conveyor to be processed for shipping. The worker and a co-worker then began to make a mechanical adjustment in the path of the conveyor. The bundle of tubes needed to be rearranged and was sent back on the same conveyor, where it struck the worker and caused leg injuries.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the conveyor was not protected by a guard to prevent access to the path of travel while it was in motion.

Welded Tube of Canada pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a machine that has moving parts that may endanger a worker is equipped with a guard or other device which prevents access to the moving parts.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Rhonda Shousterman. In addition to the fine, 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

                                    465 Davis Drive

                                    Newmarket, ON

Judge:                         Justice of the Peace Rhonda Shousterman

Date of Conviction:      July 16, 2010

Defendant:                   Welded Tube of Canada

Matter:                        Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                 Ontario Regulation 851, Section 24

Crown Counsel:          Tom Schneider

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