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Food Directions Inc. Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured

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Food Directions Inc. Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured

Toronto, ON - Food Directions Inc., a Scarborough pasta manufacturer, was fined $60,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On March 30, 2009, a worker was cleaning a pasta mixer at the company's Scarborough facility. The worker's arm was caught in the mixer's moving blades, causing serious injury.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the mixer's electrical interlock switch, a device to stop the blades from moving when the mixer was open, was not maintained in good condition.

Food Directions Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the electrical interlock switch was maintained in good condition.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John Cottrell. 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

                                    1530 Markham Rd.

                                    Toronto, ON

Judge:                         Justice of the Peace John Cottrell

Date of Sentencing:    July 16, 2012

Defendant:                  Food Directions Inc.

Matter:                        Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                 Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(b)

Crown Counsel:          Jamie Chiang

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