Court Bulletin - Cornwall company fined in worker injury

    CORNWALL, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - Morbern Inc., a Cornwall company that makes
decorative vinyl upholstery, was fined $60,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice
after a worker's arm became trapped and injured in machinery.
    Justice of the Peace L. Leblanc heard that on May 12, 2006, the Morbern
Inc. worker was stationed at a printing press when the incident occurred. The
worker had reached between two rollers of the press. Just then, a co-worker
closed the rollers, which then clamped down on the worker's arm, causing a
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the work station was not
equipped with a guard to prevent access to the pinch point as required by the
Industrial Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    Morbern Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that
the equipment, materials and protective devices prescribed by section 25 of
Ontario Regulation 851 were provided at a workplace located at 80 Boundary
Rd., Cornwall, contrary to section 25(1)(a) of the Occupational Health and
Safety Act.
    In addition to the fine, 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.


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:    Ontario Court of Justice,
                 Courtroom 2
                 26 Pitt St., Cornwall, Ontario

    Judge:       Justice of the Peace L. Leblanc

    Date:        March 3, 2008

    Defendant:   Morbern Inc.

    Matter:      Occupational Health and Safety Act


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For further information:

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

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