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Wescast Industries Inc. Fined $110,000 After Worker Falls

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Wescast Industries Inc. Fined $110,000 After Worker Falls

Ministry of Labour

LONDON, ON - Wescast Industries Inc., a manufacturer of vehicle exhaust systems, has been fined $110,000 after a worker sustained arm and head injuries in a fall at the company's Strathroy plant.

On January 11, 2011, a worker was operating an elevating work platform called a Skyjack scissor lift to perform maintenance on a ventilation system when the Skyjack tipped over. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that a tire on the Skyjack drove into an opening in a coolant collection trough, causing the machine to tip over.

The court found that Wescast failed to ensure that the worksite floor was free from the obstruction or hazard of an uncovered opening in the trough, and failed to ensure that a grate for the trough was secured in place. The injured worker suffered a fracture in the arm and head injuries as a result of the incident.

Wescast was found guilty after a trial on July 11, 2013 and has been fined $110,000 by Justice of the Peace Anna Hampson in the Provincial Offices Court in London. The company was also ordered to pay 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: Provincial Offences Court
80 Dundas Street
London, Ontario
Judge: Justice of the Peace Anna Hampson
Date of Sentencing: September 25, 2013
Defendant: Wescast Industries Inc.
150 Savannah Oaks Drive
Brantford, Ontario
Matter:Occupational Health and Safety
Conviction: Ontario Regulation 851, Section 11 and Section 15
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Section 25(1)(c)
Crown Counsel:Daniel Kleiman

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