Court Bulletin - Dana Canada Corporation fined $80,000 for worker injury

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Dana Canada Corporation, a
manufacturer of vehicle parts, was found guilty after trial and fined $80,000
in the Ontario Court of Justice on January 6, 2009, after a worker was
    Justice D. A. Harris heard that on February 12, 2006, an industrial
mechanic at the Dana Frame Plant, 100 Haynes Rd., Thorold, was repairing a
shear, used to cut sheets of metal. After maintenance work on the machine,
workers turned it back on and removed the steel blocks that prevented the beam
holding the top blade of the shear from moving. The mechanic was in a pit
under the machine, calibrating the clearance between the blades, when a ram
attached to the beam broke. The beam fell about 15 centimetres and hit the
mechanic on the head.
    Dana Canada Corporation was fined $80,000 for failing, as an employer, to
ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 75(b) of Ontario
Regulation 851 were carried out, contrary to 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.


                        Court Information at a Glance

                 Location:         Ontario Court of Justice
                                   59 Church Street
                                   St. Catharines, Ontario

                 Judge:            Justice D.A. Harris

                 Date:             January 6, 2009

                 Defendants:       Dana Canada Corporation

                 Matter:           Occupational Health and Safety

                 Crown Counsel:    Catherine Glaister


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

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