Court Bulletin - Calgary-based explosives company fined $90,000 after worker injured



    HAMILTON, ON, July 9 /CNW/ - A Calgary-based explosives company pleaded
guilty and was fined $90,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, July 7, 2008,
after a worker unloading explosives from the back of a truck was injured.
    Judge Richard E. Jennis heard that on March 9, 2007, two employees of
Dyno Nobel Canada Inc., had delivered explosives in a truck from the company's
distribution depot in Hagersville to a quarry at Moxley Road and Concession 4,
Hamilton. They were to distribute 25 kilogram boxes of explosives from the
back of the truck to each hole in the ground where they would be needed. The
worker in the back of the truck believed he was to bang on the truck to signal
the driver to move forward after each drop. But the driver believed seeing
each box arrive on the ground meant he could drive ahead without any other
signal. At one point, a box was dropped at the wrong location on the ground.
The driver moved the truck forward as the unloading worker began to step off
the truck to reposition the box. The worker lost footing, and fell from the
truck, coming down with full weight on one leg, breaking it.
    The Ministry of Labour's investigation concluded that the company had not
provided adequate information, instruction and supervision to protect the
health or safety of the worker, specifically, a safe procedure for unloading a
packaged explosives truck. This was contrary to section 25(2)(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:       Ontario Court of Justice
                    45 Main St. E., Ctrm. 308
                    Hamilton, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice Richard E. Jennis

    Date:           July 7, 10 a.m.

    Defendants:     Dyno Nobel Canada Inc.

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Catherine Glaister

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For further information:

For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)
326-7405

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