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Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured

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Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured

Ministry of Labour

TORONTO, ONTARIO - Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited (Gay Lea) pleaded guilty and has been fined $70,000 after a worker was injured by machinery.

On July 19, 2014, a Gay Lea worker operated a yogurt filling machine at the workplace located at 100 Clayson Road in Toronto. The worker noticed that a yogurt tube was stuck on the line and tried to free it by hand. The worker's hand then made contact with the machine's blades, causing injuries.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that guards that would have prevented the worker's hand from making contact with the blade were not in place while the blade was moving.

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited was fined $70,000 by Justice of the Peace Esme Lall. The court also 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

70 Center Ave

Toronto, Ontario

                                   

Judge:                         

Justice of the Peace Esme Lall

Date of Sentencing:

April 20, 2017


Defendant:

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited


Matter:                       

Occupational health and safety

                                   

Convictions:               

RRO 1990, Reg. 851: INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS

Section 24

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Section 25(1)(c)


Crown Counsel:

Mike Nicol


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