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Electro-Pack Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

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Electro-Pack Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

Ministry of Labour

Toronto, ON - Electro-Pack Inc., a Toronto manufacturer of packaging, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On December 5, 2009, a worker was using a machine that forms plastic using heat and a press. The worker noticed a jam in the machine and reached in to remove it. The machine cycled while the worker's hand was still inside. The worker's hand was seriously injured.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the machine was inadequately guarded.

Electro-Pack Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the machine was equipped with a guard or other device to prevent access to the moving part.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Lynette Stethem. 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

                                    70 Centre Ave.

                                    Toronto, ON

Judge:                         Justice of the Peace Lynette Stethem


Date of Sentencing:    July 14, 2011

Defendant:                  Electro-Pack Inc.

Matter:                        Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                 Ontario Regulation 851, Section 24

Crown Counsel:          Mick Nicol

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