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Worker Injured in Slip-and-Fall, Company Fined $60,000

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Worker Injured in Slip-and-Fall, Company Fined $60,000

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON - Essar Steel Algoma Inc. pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker slipped on ice on the way in to work and was injured.

On the morning of March 11, 2015, an Essar employee was arriving at the mill, walking along a designated walkway employees are required to use. The worker slipped and fell on a build-up of ice in a slope across the walkway, sustaining injuries as a result.

Essar Steel Algoma Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to keep a walkway used by workers free of hazards and/or accumulation of snow or ice. The company was fined $60,000 by Justice of the Peace Paula J. Nichols in Sault Ste. Marie court on July 6, 2016.

Earlier this year the company was fined $100,000 for an August 2014 incident in which three workers were injured in a steam explosion. The company was fined by Justice of the Peace Philip M. Stanghetta in Sault Ste. Marie court on June 8, 2016.

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:

Provincial Offences Court/Ontario Court of Justice

99 Foster Drive

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

                                   

Judge:

Justice of the Peace Paula J. Nichols

                                   

Date of Sentencing:

July 6, 2016


Defendant:

Essar Steel Algoma Inc.

105 West Street

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


Matter:

Occupational health and safety

                                   

Conviction:

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Section 25(1)(c)

Ontario Regulation 851 (Industrial Establishments Regulation)

Section 11(a)

                                   

Crown Counsel:

Wes Wilson

                                   

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