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Quality Meat Packers Limited Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured

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Quality Meat Packers Limited Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured

Toronto, ON - Quality Meat Packers Limited, the Toronto operator of a pork processing plant, was fined $70,000 today for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On February 3, 2011, a worker at the Toronto plant was cleaning a conveyor using a hose. The conveyor was guarded to prevent access to its moving parts. But, when the water pressure in the hose dropped, the worker lifted a guard to get better access to the conveyor with the hose. The worker believed lifting the interlocked guard would stop the conveyor from moving but an electrical switch malfunction stopped this from happening. When the worker put a hand on the still-moving conveyor, the worker's arm was pulled into its gears.

Quality Meat Packers Limited pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the machine was cleaned only when motion that may endanger a worker was stopped.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace David Hunt. 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 David Hunt                                   

Date of Sentencing:   August 23, 2012

Defendants:               Quality Meat Packers Limited

Matter:                       Occupational Health and Safety

Convictions:               Ontario Regulation 851, Section 75

Crown Counsel:         Alicia Gordon-Fagan

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