Conveyor Mishap Leads to $115k OHSA Fine

Ontario Court of Justice, Burlington

Ontario Court of Justice, Burlington

A Nova Scotia company that manufactures, processes and markets edible oil products has been fined $115,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker broke a limb at its Oakville plant.

On April 3, 2012, a Bunge Canada Holdings 1 ULC worker was trying to remove a sticker on an inside wall of the elevator housing for a conveyor line. The conveyor line is used to move packages of product; a ram pushes the packages into a cardboard shipping box.

The elevator housing was unguarded from the top. The worker’s hand and arm became trapped; the worker suffered a broken arm, a Ministry of Labour investigation found.

Bunge pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that equipment was guarded as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and was fined $115,000.

Justice of the Peace Kenneth Dechert levied the fine in Burlington Provincial Offences Court, Oct. 22. A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added, under the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

The charge was laid under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Regulation 851/90
(Industrial Regulation), Section 25(1)(c).

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