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Cargill Limited Pleads Guilty, Fined $40,000 After Worker Injured On Production Line

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Cargill Limited Pleads Guilty, Fined $40,000 After Worker Injured On Production Line

Ministry of Labour

GUELPH, ON - Cargill Limited-Cargill Limitée, a merchandiser and processor of meat, eggs, malt and oilseed as well as the manufacture of livestock feed and salt, has pleaded guilty and received a fine of $40,000 after a worker sustained a broken finger in the workplace.

On July 5, 2012, the worker was in the process of setting up a production line at the company's meat processing plant at 180 Watson Parkway South in Guelph. The production line included a conveyor belt, and the worker noticed that slats underneath the belt were out of position.

The worker lifted the belt with one hand and began to pound the slats back into place with the other hand. The worker had not locked out or otherwise disabled the conveyor belt. Another employee pressed the 'start' button on the conveyor belt and it began to move, pulling the worker's hand into a sprocket. The worker sustained a broken finger on the hand that was pulled into the sprocket; the injured hand required a significant number of stitches.

Although the worker had received prior training on guarding and lock-out procedures in general, the worker was not provided training about locking out the conveyor belt on the production line.

Cargill pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health and safety of the worker, contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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


Ontario Court of Justice

59 Carden Street

Courtroom 3

Guelph, Ontario


Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson        

Date of Sentencing:

April 17, 2014


Cargill Limited-Cargill Limitée

180 Watson Parkway South

Guelph, Ontario


Occupational health and safety



Occupational Health and Safety Act

Section 25(2)(a)

Crown Counsel:

Joe Ferraro

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