Action Trailer Fined $50k for Workplace Accident

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A Mississauga company has been fined $50,000, after a worker was pinned under a trailer and seriously injured.

Action Trailer Sales Inc., which sells, leases, maintains and repairs semi-trailers, was fined May 13 in Brampton Provincial Offences Court.

The company pleaded guilty before Justice of the Peace Maurice Hudson.

Court heard that on Sept. 17, 2012, two workers employed by Action Trailer Sales were changing the tires and bogie of a trailer. A bogie is the assembly that includes the tires, suspension, brake and axle system that attaches to the trailer box.

One of the workers, believing the trailer was still supported on the jack, was partly under the trailer when it came down and pinned him, causing critical head and facial injuries.

Action Trailer Sales pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of establishing and maintaining a safe procedure for changing a bogie on a trailer, contrary to Section 25(2)(h) of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fine.

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