Future Mobility Healthcare Fined $150,000 After Worker Killed
MISSISSAUGA, ON - Future Mobility Healthcare Inc., a Mississauga company that specializes in the assembly of wheelchairs, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $150,000 after a worker was killed while removing a 3,500-pound machine from a tractor trailer.
On May 26, 2013, a crew of workers at the company's premises at 3209 Orlando Drive was assigned the task of emptying the contents of trailers. The machine was being moved with a forklift and two workers were standing in the trailer attempting to guide and stabilize the machine. The distance between the two forks of the forklift was too wide and the machine was lifted on just one fork.
As the forklift operator began to lift the machine, the load began to tip toward the one side of the trailer. One worker was able to jump out of the way and the other stayed beside the machine and tried to stop it from tipping. The machine continued to tip off the fork and pinned the worker against side of the trailer. Emergency services were called to the scene but the worker succumbed to injuries sustained in the incident.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the company failed to ensure that materials were lifted or moved in such a way that they did not endanger the safety of any worker, as required by law.
Future Mobility Healthcare Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that materials or equipment were lifted or moved safely and to failing to ensure that the material was transported so that it did not tip or fall, as required by Ontario Regulation 851/90 (the Industrial Establishments Regulation) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The company was fined $150,000 by Justice of the Peace Jeannie Anand in Provincial Offences Court in Mississauga on January 13, 2015. 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
Provincial Offences Court/Ontario Court of Justice
950 Burnhamthorpe Road West
Justice of the Peace Jeannie Anand
Date of Sentencing:
January 13, 2015
Future Mobility Healthcare Inc.
3223 Orlando Drive
Occupational health and safety
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Ontario Regulation 851/90 (Industrial Establishments Regulation)