Court Bulletin - Domtar Inc. fined $87,000 after worker injured

    WAWA, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - Domtar Inc., a Montreal, Quebec company that
makes pulp, paper, and wood products at facilities across Canada and the
United States, was fined $87,000 on April 16, 2009, for a violation under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act, after a worker was injured.
    On March 20, 2007, at the company's facility in White River, an
electrician was doing maintenance work on a machine in the plant. While the
worker was testing the voltage inside an electrical panel on the machine, an
arc flash, or electrical blast, burned the worker's hand and face.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker was not wearing
rubber gloves or wearing a shield.
    Domtar Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure the
worker used protective equipment and procedures adequate for protection
against electrical shock and burns.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Pierre Leclerc. 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
                          40 Broadway Ave.
                          Wawa, Ontario

    Judge:                Justice of the Peace Pierre Leclerc

    Date of Conviction:   April 16, 2009

    Defendants:           Domtar Inc.

    Matter:               Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):        Ontario Regulation 851/90, Section 42.1(2)

    Crown Counsel:        Shantanu Roy


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For further information: Media contact: Rob Ashley, Ministry of Labour,
(416) 326-0925

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