Pressure Washer Injures Farm Worker, Company Fined $55K

BRANTFORD, ON – Operators of a pig farming facility in Nanticoke pleaded guilty and were fined $55,000 after a worker was injured with a portable washer spray gun. Great Lakes Pork Inc. and Ontario Management Group Inc. form a registered partnership called Paragon Farms. It operates the swine breeding and farrowing operation at 636 Concession 4, Nanticoke. On December 15, 2015 an employee of Paragon was injured while cleaning a stall using a portable washer spray gun supplied and owned by...

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Director Of Roofing Company Jailed, Fined $10K For Failure To Follow Safety Rules

BELLEVILLE, ON – An employer with two previous convictions for safety violations has been sentenced to one day imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 for ignoring safety regulations. No one fell or was injured. The employer, Steve Bell, was charged with failing as an employer to ensure a worker was adequately protected from falling. By law the worker should have been using a travel restraint system, fall-restricting system, fall arrest system or a safety net. On October 7, 2015, a Ministry of...

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Cement Company Fined In Workplace Injury Incident

  PICTON, ON – Essroc Canada Inc. pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker was critically injured by a machine. On April 29, 2016, a worker was performing regular duties at the workplace located at 1370 Highway 49 in Picton; the company is a cement producer. The worker went to a mill area to insert a heat blank into an inlet duct, a routinely-performed task. The inlet duct is positioned in close proximity to a dust collector screw conveyor. While inserting the heat...

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Food Processing Company Fined After Worker Injured

  KITCHENER, ON – A food processing company in Waterloo has pleaded guilty and has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured by running blades in a machine. Sunwest Food Processors Ltd. is a mid-sized company that produces a wide range of batter and breaded products on a range of protein, cheeses, seafood and vegetable substrates at its workplace located at 35 Northland Road in Waterloo. On June 1, 2016, a worker was using a ‘former’ machine to process meat – a...

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Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative Ltd. Fined $70K After Worker Injury

  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...

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LCBO Fined 100K For 2013 Accident at Brampton Store

  BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) was found guilty after a trial and fined $100,000 after a worker was injured and a LCBO location was found to have an unsafe work environment. On April 24, 2013, a LCBO worker was moving a pallet of product using a forklift at the LCBO store located at 170 Sandalwood Parkway in Brampton. As the worker began to insert the forks into the pallet, a sound was heard which caused the worker to get out of the forklift and...

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Sleep Country Fined 60K After Delivery Worker Critically Injured

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Mattress retailer Sleep Country Canada Inc. pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker was critically injured in traffic while completing a delivery in north Toronto. On January 21, 2016, a worker employed by Sleep Country as a delivery helper was making an evening delivery with a co-worker at an apartment building on the south side of Finch Avenue West near Weston Road. Finch Avenue West at that location consists of two eastbound lanes, two westbound...

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Roofing Company Fined 40K For Obstruction Of Labour Inspector, Safety Violations

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO – Sunny Roofing Inc., a roofing company based in the Greater Toronto Area, was fined a total of $40,000 in court for health and safety violations that included obstruction of a Ministry of Labour inspector during an investigation and failing to ensure its workers had mandatory fall protection and safety equipment. Obstructing an inspector in the performance of the inspector’s duties is an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). On July 13...

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Company Fined 50K After Two Workers Injured In Cage Collapse

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO – Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd., a  company that designs and installs soil retention systems and caisson foundations, pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after two workers were injured when a reinforcing cage collapsed with the workers in it. The company had been retained to undertake construction of a foundation for a new hydro tower at 88 Niagara Boulevard in Fort Erie and on November 13, 2015, two workers were working inside a cylindrical cage made...

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Vaughan Company Fined $75,000 After Worker Critically Injured

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Martinrea International Inc., carrying on business as Hydroform Solutions, pleaded guilty and has been fined $75,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries   when machinery fell while being lifted with an overhead crane. Martinrea is an automotive parts manufacturer that operates a facility located at 1995 Williams Parkway in Brampton, Ontario. On June 21, 2015, a worker employed by Martinrea at the facility was operating a remote-controlled overhead crane to lift...

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