Court Bulletin - Asia Pulp & Paper (Canada) Ltd. Fined $60,000 After Worker Seriously Injured

    BRAMPTON, ON, June 10 /CNW/ - Asia Pulp & Paper (Canada) Ltd., a Toronto
manufacturer of pulp and paper products, was fined $60,000 on June 9, 2009,
for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), after a
worker was seriously injured.
    On November 5, 2007, at the company's Brampton facility, a worker was
loading skids onto a truck parked at a loading bay. While the worker was on a
forklift inside the truck, the truck rolled forward about five meters from the
loading bay. The worker reversed off the truck and fell, with the forklift, to
the ground below.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the wheels of the truck
were not chocked to prevent it from rolling.
    Asia Pulp & Paper (Canada) Ltd. pleaded guilty under the OHSA to failing,
as an employer, to ensure the truck was immobilized and secured against
accidental movement.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John H. Jackson. 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.


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:             Ontario Court of Justice
                          5 Ray Lawson Boulevard
                          Brampton, Ontario

    Judge:                Justice of the Peace John H. Jackson

    Date of Conviction:   June 9, 2009

    Defendants:           Asia Pulp & Paper (Canada) Ltd.

    Matter:               Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):        Ontario Regulation 851, Section 57

    Crown Counsel:        Alicia Gordon-Fagan


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For further information: Media contact: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of
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