An Ontario employer has been fined $20,000 for failing to report
an injury to the Ministry of Labour, showing that employers need to
educate their managers about the types of injuries that must be
reported under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
A worker was injured when a loaded skid tipped and his leg
became trapped under parts. He suffered a broken bone which
is a "critical injury" under the OHSA. The OHSA
requires employers to immediately report critical injuries to
the Ministry of Labour. The employee told his supervisor and,
later, human resources staff that he had broken his leg.
Four days after the accident, the Ministry of Labour contacted
the company about the accident. The human resources staff
said that the company was in the process of reporting to the
Ministry of Labour.
The company pleaded guilty to failing to immediately report this
critical injury to the MOL, contrary to section 51(1) of the
Occupational Health and Safety Act. The court imposed a
$20,000 fine plus the 25% "victim fine surcharge", for a
total of $25,000.
It is not always obvious what types of injuries are
"critical injuries" under the OHSA. Employers
should educate their managers and, where there is any doubt, obtain
The Ministry of Labour's press release may be accessed
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