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Companies Fined $410,000 Total After Worker Injured

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Companies Fined $410,000 Total After Worker Injured

Ministry of Labour

SARNIA, ON - Unitec Inc. and 629728 Ontario Limited, in a partnership carrying on business as Entropex Limited, a Sarnia plastics company, were fined $410,000 total for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On September 14, 2010, a worker operated a baling machine that compacted and strapped plastic at 1271 Lougar Avenue in Sarnia. A second worker walked in front of the machine as compacted plastic was being ejected. The plastic struck the second worker and pinned that worker against a nearby forklift, causing injuries.

The court found that the baler was not guarded to prevent worker access, not maintained in good condition, and that maintenance was performed on the baler while it was in motion. The court also found that Entropex had failed, as an employer, to provide information, instruction, and supervision to protect workers around the baler.

629728 Ontario Limited and Unitec Inc. were convicted on all counts and fined $210,000 and $200,000 respectively. The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Jamie Shortt. In addition to the fines, 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

                                    700 Christina St N


Justice:                       Justice of the Peace Jamie Shortt

Date of Sentencing:   July 19, 2013

Defendant:                 Unitec Inc. and 629728 Ontario Limited

Matter:                       Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction:                Ontario Regulation 851, Section 26

                                  Ontario Regulation 851, Section 75

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

                                  Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(2)(a)


Crown Counsel:        Catherine Glaister

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