/C O R R E C T I O N from Source -- Ontario Ministry of Labour/



    
    In c5690 issued at 13:16e on May 20, 2009, the fifth paragraph was
    missing. Corrected copy follows:

    Court Bulletin - Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services fined $90,000
    after worker killed
    

    BRAMPTON, ON, May 20 /CNW/ - Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services,
a Mississauga company that provides laundry services to healthcare facilities,
was fined a total of $90,000 on May 11, 2009, for violations under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), after a worker was killed.
    In November 2006, the Ministry of Labour conducted a health and safety
audit of the company's plant on Northwest Drive and ordered Booth Centennial
to conduct an engineering review of some of its equipment.
    The company hired a health and safety consulting firm to prepare a health
and safety review of various equipment. On December 4, 2006, an engineer
contracted by the consulting firm examined Booth Centennial's equipment and
recommended modifications.
    Booth Centennial made the modifications on December 12, 2006, and the
company received a copy of the health and safety review dated December 12,
2006. The review noted the chutes of some washer extractors could potentially
trap an employee.
    On January 2, 2007, a professional engineer provided a sign-off to Booth
Centennial which stated that the washer extractor line was "not likely to
endanger" a worker and complied with OHSA standards.
    Booth Centennial did not alert workers to the potential hazards of the
machine through signage or a written policy. The company also did not provide
a copy of the safety review to its joint health and safety committee.
    On April 26, 2007, a worker suffered fatal injuries after being trapped
between the chute and the door opening of one of the washer extractors.
    Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services pleaded guilty and was fined
$60,000 under the OHSA for failing, as an employer, to acquaint the worker
with the hazards associated with the use of washer extractor. The company also
pleaded guilty and was fined $30,000 under the Act for failing to provide a
copy of the safety review to the joint health and safety committee.
    The fines were imposed by Her Honour Madame Justice Katherine McLeod. In
addition to the fines, the court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine
surcharge on the total, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The
surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist
victims of crime.

    
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                        Court Information at a Glance
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    Location:            Ontario Court of Justice
                         7755 Hurontario Street
                         Brampton, Ontario

    Judge:               Her Honour Madame Justice Katherine McLeod

    Date of Conviction:  May 11, 2009

    Defendants:          Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services

    Matter:              Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):       Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(2)(d)
               (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=e11dd2d16645f27)
                         Ontario Regulation 851, Section 7(14)
    (www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_900851_e.htm#BK6)
                         Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c)
               (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=8838773c464322c)

    Crown Counsel:       David McCaskill

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