Court Bulletin - Royal Edge Incorporated and director fined a total of $44,000 after failing to comply with health and safety orders



    BRAMPTON, ON, May 15 /CNW/ - Royal Edge Incorporated, a Brampton company
that makes edge banding products for materials such as kitchen countertops,
was fined $40,000 on May 12, 2009, for a violation under the Occupational
Health and Safety Act (OHSA), for failing to comply with an order issued by a
Ministry of Labour Health and Safety Inspector. Royal Edge Incorporated
director Peter Boussoulas was also fined $4,000 for failing to ensure the
company complied with multiple orders issued by an inspector.
    On August 16, 2007, a Ministry of Labour Industrial Health and Safety
Inspector visited the Royal Edge factory at 1600 Clark Boulevard in Brampton
to conduct an inspection and discovered unguarded rollers on an edging machine
and issued an order requiring the company to guard the device by August 20,
2007.
    Prior to this visit, the inspector had been to this workplace on seven
occasions between June 27, 2006, and July 23, 2007. Over the course of those
inspections, the inspector issued a total of 13 orders relating to guarding
violations at the workplace. The inspector issued additional orders for other
violations for a total of forty-four orders in the course of nine visits.
    The inspector returned to the workplace on October 9, 2007, to monitor
compliance with the orders. As of that time, 24 of the 44 orders were not
complied with, including the August 16 guarding order. On October 9 the
inspector noted a total of six guarding violations on the company's nine
production lines.
    Royal Edge Incorporated pleaded guilty under the OHSA of failing to
comply with an order issued by an inspector. Peter Boussoulas failed as a
director to ensure that Royal Edge Incorporated complied with multiple orders
of an inspector contrary to the OHSA.
    The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace D. Florence. 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
                        Courtroom B2
                        5 Ray Lawson Boulevard
                        Brampton, Ontario

    Judge:              Justice of the Peace D. Florence

    Date of Conviction: May 12, 2009

    Defendants:         Royal Edge Incorporated

    Matter:             Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):      Royal Edge Incorporated
                        OHSA section 66(1)(b)
              (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=4d382201b8c07b7)

                        Peter Boussoulas
                        OHSA section 32(1)(b)
              (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=2e35a0a77bbaefb)


    Crown Counsel:      Melanie Shulman
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