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Bonduelle Ontario Inc. Fined $65,000 After Worker Injured

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Bonduelle Ontario Inc. Fined $65,000 After Worker Injured

Windsor, ON - Bonduelle Ontario Inc., the Strathroy owner and operator of a vegetable processing plant, was fined $65,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On September 20, 2010, a worker at the company's Tecumseh facility was cleaning a machine. Part of the machine consisted of a waste chute that contained a rotating vane to control the rate of debris falling onto a conveyor. The worker noticed debris in this part of the machine and reached a hand up through the bottom of the chute to clean the area. The machine was not equipped with a guard to prevent access to its pinch point, and the worker's arm was trapped.

After a trial, on December 18, 2012, Bonduelle Ontario Inc. was found guilty of failing to ensure that the machine was guarded to prevent access to its pinch point, for the safety of a worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Angela Renaud. 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

                                    251 Goyeau St. 
                                    Windsor, ON

Judge:                         Justice of the Peace Angela Renaud

Date of Sentencing:    January 22, 2013

Defendant:                  Bonduelle Ontario Inc.

Matter:                        Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                 Ontario Regulation 851, Section 25

Crown Counsel:          Judy Chan

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