Reliable Wood Shavings Inc., a Bradford company that collects wood shavings from mills, has been found guilty after a trial into the death of a worker, and fined $115,000.
In July, 2009, a Reliable Wood Shavings worker was sent to a woodworking mill in Schomberg to collect wood shavings from a silo. The worker was operating a “blower truck,” to load wood shavings into the box of a truck.
The worker backed a truck underneath a silo, where the shavings are stored, and directed material into the truck box. The worker had to move the truck during the process, to collect all the material, evenly in the box. He had to stand inside the box of the truck and prod the material with a stick.
While attempting to dislodge material, the truck operator fell into the truck box, became engulfed by wood shavings, and suffocated. He died in hospital.
After a trial, Reliable Wood Shavings Inc. was found guilty of failing to ensure, as an employer, that the loading of the truck from a silo/dust collector was conducted in a safe manner. This is an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Peter N. Bourque fined the company $115,000, in Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket.
A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fine, under the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.