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Retail Company Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured

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Retail Company Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured

Kitchener, ON - Paul S. Pollock Enterprises Ltd., carrying on business as Canadian Tire Store #420, was fined $60,000 on March 7, 2011, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that caused a worker to be injured.

On April 24, 2009, at the company's Canadian Tire store in Kitchener, two workers were attempting to mount a boat onto a wall display. They were both standing on stepladders when one of the ladders tipped and the worker fell off. The worker suffered broken bones.

Paul S. Pollock Enterprises Ltd., carrying on business as Canadian Tire Store #420, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the boat was lifted, carried or moved in a way that did not endanger the safety of a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson.  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

                                    77 Queen St. N.

                                    Kitchener

Judge:                         Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson

Date of Sentencing:   March 7, 2011

Defendants:                Paul S. Pollock Enterprises Ltd., carrying on business as Canadian Tire Store #420

Matter:                       Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                Ontario Regulation 851, Section 45(a)

Crown Counsel:         Jennifer Malabar


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