Forklifts, Saws, Falling Concrete – Recent Workplace Injury-Related Fines


RHI Canada Inc., a Burlington manufacturer, and Carmeuse Lime (Canada) Inc., an Ingersoll company, were fined $90,000 each after a worker was injured.
    On January 24, 2013, a worker employed by RHI Canada Inc. entered a temporary shelter at a Carmeuse Lime (Canada) Inc. project in Ingersoll. The shelter was warmed by a propane heater. The heater was located at the exit area, partly inside the shelter. Due to the layout of the shelter and the position of the heater, the worker was too close to the heater. The worker’s clothing caught fire, causing second and third-degree burns.

    The company pleaded guilty June 25 in Woodstock Ontario Court of Justice, to failing to ensure that a fuel-fired heating device was located, protected and used in such a way that there was no risk of igniting a tarpaulin or similar temporary enclosure or combustible material adjacent to it. Justice of the Peace F. Michael McMahon imposed the fine.

    (Ontario Regulation 213/91, Section 49 (1); Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c))

Wasero Construction (1991) Ltd., a Concord construction company, was fined $65,000 in Barrie Ontario Court of Justice, after two workers were injured.
    On August 3, 2012, workers were removing concrete cut out from a pre-fabricated concrete sewer pipe at a construction project on Miller Park Avenue in Bradford. A worker was hit by falling concrete and suffered multiple injuries. Another worker received a minor injury.

    Wasero Construction (1991) Ltd. pleaded guilty before Justice of the Peace Ann C. Forfar to failing, as an employer, to ensure that every part of a project was adequately braced to prevent any movement affecting its stability or causing its failure or collapse. 

    (Ontario Regulation 213/91, Section 31(1)(b); Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 23(1)(a))

Aluminum Window Designs Ltd., a Woodbridge manufacturer of aluminum window and door products, was fined $75,000 after a worker was injured.
    In December 2011, a worker suffered serious hand injuries while operating a table saw at the Aluminum Window Designs Ltd. factory at 440 Hanlan Road in Woodbridge.

    After a trial June 24 in Woodbridge Ontario Court of Justice, Justice of the Peace Philip N. Solomon found Aluminum Window Designs Ltd. guilty of failing, as an employer, to ensure that the table saw was equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevented access to an exposed moving part.

    (Ontario Regulation 851, Section 24; Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c))

Fabricushion, a Markham latex and cloth lamination plant, was fined $70,000 after a worker was injured.
    In May, 2012, a worker at the Fabricushion plant in Markham was behind a forklift when a supervisor reversed the forklift, pinning the worker between the forklift and a hand cart. The worker suffered a critical leg injury.

    Fabricushion pleaded guilty to failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker. Justice of the Peace Philip N. Solomon sentenced the company at Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket, June 20.

A 25% victim fine surcharge is added to the fines, under the Provincial Offences Act.

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  1. We are new subscribers to the magazine and enjoy it very much.
    The articles contained seem short, to the point and proof that in medicine and in law, “Less is more.”
    Thanks for the good job in presenting these topics in that fashion.
    Michael C., Manny A., and John P. (ON)

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