Court Bulletin - Linamar fined $550,000 in two deaths, one injury



    GUELPH, ON, July 30 /CNW/ - Linamar Corporation and Linamar Holdings
Inc., of Guelph, have together been fined a total of $550,000 following guilty
pleas in connection with two workplace deaths and an injury.
    Linamar is a global auto parts manufacturer operating via a number of
divisions and companies.
    On October 28, 2005, a worker at Linamar's Ariss, Ontario, machining
plant was fatally injured while operating a grinder, the moving parts of which
were contained beneath a moving hood and a stationary hood. The worker was
trapped in a pinch point between the two hoods and crushed. Linamar
Corporation, carrying on business as Ariss Manufacturing Division, pleaded
guilty to failing to properly guard the equipment as required by measures and
procedures prescribed by section 25 of Ontario regulation 851, contrary to
section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The fine was
$225,000.
    On May 1, 2006, at Linamar's 148 Arrow Rd., Guelph, factory, a worker was
electrocuted when he took hold of an electrically charged chain attached to a
crane. Electric cranes are used in the workplace to move auto parts. One crane
had been electrically faulty and was unplugged at a shift's end. A worker on
the next shift plugged it back in, noticed no trouble, and put it back into
service. The deceased was electrocuted by taking hold of a chain attached to
this electrically charged and faulty crane while holding onto the chain of
another crane that acted as a grounding structure. Linamar Holdings Inc.,
carrying on business as Camtac Manufacturing, pleaded guilty to failing, as an
employer, to ensure that the crane was maintained in good condition, contrary
to section 25(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The fine was
$225,000.
    On August 16, 2007, a worker suffered a serious hand injury at Linamar's
manufacturing plant at 150 Arrow Rd., Guelph-Eramosa Township. The maintenance
worker was changing a filter on a pressure filter that recycles the coolant
for machines in the plant. The worker's hand was trapped and crushed between
two compartments of the machine. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that
workers failed to place a safety block between the two compartments to prevent
movement before attempting to change the filter. Linamar Holdings Inc.,
carrying on business as Camcor Manufacturing, pleaded guilty to failing, as an
employer, to ensure the measures and procedures of section 75(b) of the
Industrial Regulations were complied with, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the
Occupational Health and Safety Act. The fine was $100,000.
    In addition to the fines imposed by Justice of the Peace Z. Radulovic,
the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, 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
                             55 Wyndham St., Ctrm.1
                             Guelph, Ontario

        Judge:               Justice of the Peace Z. Radulovic

        Date:                July 30, 2008

        Defendants:          Linamar Corporation and Linamar Holdings Inc.

        Matter:              Occupational Health and Safety Act

        Crown Counsel:       Daniel Kleiman
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