Court Bulletin - Vaughan auto parts company fined $50,000 after worker injured



    KITCHENER, ON, July 25 /CNW/ - Kitchener Frame Limited, a Vaughan,
Ontario-based maker of auto parts, pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000 in the
Ontario Court of Justice, July 22, 2008, in connection with an injury to a
worker on January 7, 2007.
    Justice of the Peace Robert Gay heard that the company's workplace at
1011 Homer Watson Blvd., Kitchener, contains a 146-metre-long overhead
conveyor system. Every few years, the conveyor chains are replaced. On this
day, a jam occurred during the replacement work. A worker freed the jam, but
the worker's leg was pinned and broken between two steel rails as the conveyor
moved.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that although the conveyor had
been stopped, it was not blocked to prevent movement. This was found to have
contributed to the incident and was contrary to section 75 of Regulations 851
and 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
                             77 Queen St. N.,
                             Kitchener, Ontario

        Judge:               Justice of the Peace Robert Gay

        Date:                July 22, 2008, 2 p.m.

        Defendants:          Kitchener Frame Limited

        Matter:              Occupational Health and Safety Act

        Crown Counsel:       Alicia Gordon-Fagan

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

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