Pallet Manufacturing Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured
Newmarket, ON - Woodbridge Pallet Ltd., a Woodbridge-based pallet manufacturing and repair company, was fined $50,000 on August 17, 2012, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On July 20, 2010, a Woodbridge Pallet employee was painting pallets in the workplace's paint department. The worker began walking across the floor area to retrieve some paint when a counter-balance forklift carrying a load of pallets struck the worker. The worker suffered leg and arm injuries.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the forklift operator - when moving forward - could not see the other worker because the pallets on the forks obstructed the operator's forward view.
Woodbridge Pallet Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to move materials in a way that would not endanger any workers.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Linda DeBartolo. 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 Dr.
Judge: Justice of the Peace Linda DeBartolo
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Convictions: Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c)