Fleet Lube Plus Inc. Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured
Mississauga, ON - Fleet Lube Plus Inc., operating as Mid-West Collision Division, a Mississauga truck and trailer maintenance and repair company, was fined $60,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On August 5, 2011, at the company's Mississauga facility, a worker walked over to a paint booth area while another worker towed a trailer out of the booth with a truck. The worker called for the driver to stop. When the trailer stopped moving, the worker on foot squeezed between the back of the trailer and the paint booth doors. At the same time, the driver backed up the trailer. The worker was pinned between the paint booth door and the trailer, sustaining broken bones and other internal injuries.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that there were no signs that warned about the danger of a moving truck in the area around the paint booth.
Fleet Lube Plus Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that there were warning signs posted where vehicle traffic could endanger the safety of a worker.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Barnes. 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
950 Burnhamthorpe Rd.
Judge: Justice of the Peace Michael Barnes
Date of Sentencing: January 22, 2013
Defendant: Fleet Lube Plus Inc. operating as Mid-West Collision Division
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Conviction: Ontario Regulation 851, Section 20
Crown Counsel: Alicia Gordon-Fagan