Kenzington Burger Bar Fined $50,000 After Worker Suffers Kitchen Burns
BARRIE, ON - Kenzington Inc., a restaurant in Barrie known as Kenzington Burger Bar, was fined $50,000 after a worker suffered burns from hot oil in the kitchen.
On March 15, 2014, workers were in the kitchen of the restaurant located at 40 Dunlop Street East in Barrie when one worker was tasked with cleaning out and filtering hot oil from a commercial deep fryer.
To complete the task, the worker used two aluminum stockpots to drain oil from the deep fryer. After the oil was drained into the pots, they were placed on the floor. While reaching for a third pot, the worker stepped back and a foot slipped on the slippery floor, causing the worker to come in contact with the pot filled with oil. The contact caused the oil to spill over onto one leg, resulting in second- and third-degree burns.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the temperature of the oil at the time of the incident was about 330 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The method which the injured worker used to clean and filter the oil was a regular work practice; however, the injured worker was not provided with any information or instruction on how to safety perform the task. The injured worker was not wearing anti-slip footwear or other forms of personal protective equipment or clothing for the task.
The defendants failed to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health and safety of the worker, contrary to section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The company pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000 in Barrie court by Justice of the Peace Dennis A. Wilson on November 24, 2015 and was given two years to pay the fine.
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
45 Cedar Pointe Drive
Justice of the Peace Dennis A. Wilson
Date of Sentencing:
November 24, 2015
Kenzington Inc./Kenzington Burger Bar
40 Dunlop Street East
Occupational health and safety
Occupational Health and Safety Act