Two Companies Fined $90,000 Each After Worker Injured
WOODSTOCK, ON - RHI Canada Inc., a Burlington refractory castable manufacturer, and Carmeuse Lime (Canada) Inc., an Ingersoll lime manufacturer, were fined $90,000 each after a worker was injured.
On January 24, 2013, a worker employed by RHI Canada Inc. entered a temporary shelter at a Carmeuse Lime (Canada) Inc. project located at 6 Oxford County Road in Ingersoll. The shelter was built to control dust and protect workers from winter temperatures, and was warmed by a propane heater. The heater was located at the exit area, partly inside the shelter. Due to the layout of the shelter and the position of the heater, the worker was too close to the heater. The worker's clothing caught fire, causing second and third-degree burns.
RHI Canada Inc. and Carmeuse Lime (Canada) Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a fuel-fired heating device was located, protected and used in such a way that there was no risk of igniting a tarpaulin or similar temporary enclosure or combustible material adjacent to it.
The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace F. Michael McMahon. 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
Ontario Court of Justice
419 Hunter Street
Justice of the Peace F. Michael McMahon
Date of Sentencing:
June 25, 2014
RHI Canada Inc.
Carmeuse Lime (Canada) Inc.
Occupational health and safety
Ontario Regulation 213/91, Section 49 (1)
Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c)