An Ontario court has handed down near-the-top-of-the-range fines
in an industrial accident that resulted in non-fatal
injuries. Fines of that magnitude have typically been
reserved for fatality cases.
Unitec Inc. and 629728 Ontario Limited were in partnership
carrying on business as Entropex Limited, a Sarnia plastics
company. They were fined $210,000 and $200,000 respectively
under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
A worker was pinned against a forklift after walking in front of
a baling machine, which compacted and strapped plastic, as the
machine ejected compacted plastic.
According to the Ministry of Labour press release, the court
decided that the baler was not properly guarded, had not been
maintained in good condition, and that a worker had performed
maintenance on it while the baler was in motion. The court also
found that Entropex had failed to provide information, instruction,
and supervision to protect workers around the baler.
The Ministry of Labour press release may be read here.
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