Court Bulletin - Brantford company fined after worker injured



    BRANTFORD, ON, July 22 /CNW/ - Stellarc Precision Bar Inc., a company
based in Brantford, Ont., was fined $65,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice on
July 17, 2008, after pleading guilty in the case of an incident in which a
worker was injured.
    The incident occurred in February 2006 at Stellarc's custom steel
processing plant at 101 Wayne Gretzky Parkway in Brantford. The worker was
injured when a rotating steel bar being discharged from a straightening
machine caught the employee's clothing, twisting it tightly around the
employee and dragging the worker onto part of the machine. The worker suffered
serious crushing injuries.
    An investigation by the Ministry of Labour concluded that the
straightener machine was not shielded or guarded so that product, material
being processed, or waste stock would not endanger any worker.
    The company pleaded guilty to committing the offence of failing, as an
employer, to ensure that the equipment, materials and protective devices
prescribed by section 26 of Ontario Regulation 851, as amended, were provided,
contrary to paragraph 25(1)(a) 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:      Brantford Provincial Offences Court
                          Courtroom Number 1
                          102 Wellington Square. Brantford, Ontario

           Judge:         Dan M. MacDonald

           Date:          July 17, 2008

           Defendant:     Stellarc Precision Bar Inc.

           Matter:        Occupational Health & Safety Act

           Crown Counsel: Sidney Peters
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For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)
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