Process Group Inc. Fined $110,000 After Worker Injured At Transmission Plant
WINDSOR, ON - Process Group Inc., a Cambridge company, has been fined $110,000 for a violation of Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured while dismantling equipment at the General Motors Transmission Plant.
On October 27, 2010 the company, which supplies engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services to manufacturing and industry, was working at the plant in Windsor, which was in the process of being decommissioned. In order to gain access to a piece of equipment to be removed from the plant, sections of an overhead conveyor had to be removed. Workers cut and separated a section of the conveyor and began removing the anchoring bolts on the base of the conveyor. As the last bolt was loosened, the conveyor section toppled over, hitting a worker and causing vertebrae in the worker's back and a bone in one leg to be broken.
A Ministry of Labour inspection found that no blocking had been installed to prevent the collapse or movement of the conveyor section being dismantled.
Process Group Inc. was found guilty after a trial on November 12 of failing as an employer to prevent the collapse or movement of part or all of a piece of equipment that is being dismantled, altered or repaired if its collapse or movement may endanger a worker.
Sentencing took place on December 2, 2013. The fine of $110,000 was imposed by Ontario Court of Justice of the Peace Michael Hurst.
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 Street
Judge: Justice of the Peace Michael Hurst
Date of Sentencing: December 2, 2013
Defendant: Process Group Inc.
555 Conestoga Boulevard
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Convictions: Ontario Regulation 213/91
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Crown Counsel: Wes Wilson