Brewers Retail Inc. fined $50,000 after Health and Safety violation

    HAMILTON, ON, May 8 /CNW/ - Brewers Retail Inc., carrying on business as
The Beer Store, was fined $50,000 on May 4, 2009, for a violation under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), after a workplace incident.
    On April 26, 2007, at the company's product distribution centre in Stoney
Creek, a worker was using a forklift to remove a pallet containing cases of
beer from a storage rack. The pallet knocked part of the rack and the rack
became unstable. The worker attempted to restore support to the storage rack,
but was unable to do so. Several cases of beer fell and landed on the
forklift. The worker was able to jump from the forklift and was unharmed.
    The Beer Store pleaded guilty under the OHSA to failing, as an employer,
to ensure that materials removed from a storage rack were removed in a way
that would not endanger the safety of a worker.
    The fine was imposed by Justice Timothy Culver. In addition to the fine,
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.


                        Court Information at a Glance
          Location:            Ontario Court of Justice
                               45 Main St. E.
                               Hamilton, Ontario

          Judge:               Justice Timothy Culver

          Date of Conviction:  May 4, 2009

          Defendants:          Brewers Retail Inc., carrying on business as
                               The Beer Store

          Matter:              Occupational Health and Safety

          Conviction(s):       Ontario Regulation 851, section 45(c)
                               Occupational Health and Safety Act,
                               section 25(1)(c)

          Crown Counsel:       Linda Chen


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