Company owners are not immune from potential convictions and
fines under workplace safety laws.
A part-owner of a company has been personally convicted and
fined $12,000.00 under the Ontario Occupational Health and
Safety Act after a worker became entangled in a machine and
According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour's press release,
a worker fell into a hopper that kneads and cuts pasta dough, after
he had been standing on a platform ladder to access the hopper
portion of a machine. The machine was in operation.
The Ministry of Labour found that an interlock switch designed
to shut off the machine when a cover to the hopper is opened was
The company part-owner, who was also a supervisor, pleaded
guilty to failing, as a supervisor, to take every precaution
reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.
The company was also convicted under the OHSA for failing, as an
employer, to ensure that the equipment, materials and protective
devices provided by the employer were maintained in good
condition. The company was fined $120,000.00.
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