Court Bulletin - Automotive exhaust company fined $120,000 after worker injured



    GODERICH, ON, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Wescast Industries Inc., an international
company with its Canadian base in Brantford, pleaded guilty and was fined
$120,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice July 23, 2008, after a worker was
injured on April 28, 2007.
    Justice of the Peace Robert Gay heard that the company provides exhaust
system components for automotive engines and operates a foundry at its
40621 Amberly Rd., Wingham location. A worker was removing impurities from the
molten metal in the furnace with a device called a cast slagging spoon. Before
a cast slagging spoon is placed into the furnace, a protective coating, called
a pig wash, is applied and allowed to dry to remove all moisture from the
spoon's surface. Court heard that it seemed on this occasion some moisture may
have been trapped in a cavity on the spoon. The presence of moisture caused
the molten material to explode 20 metres in the air, hitting the plant's
ceiling and seriously burning the worker.
    The worker was not wearing appropriate apparel as required by section 84
of Ontario Regulation 851. This was contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the
Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    In addition to the fine, the court 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
                             1 Court House Sq., Ctrm. 10
                             Goderich, Ontario

           Judge:            Justice of the Peace Robert Gay

           Date:             July 23, 2008, 2:30 p.m.

           Defendants:       Wescast Industries Inc.

           Matter:           Occupational Health and Safety Act

           Crown Counsel:    Alicia Gordon-Fagan
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