Court Bulletin - Fertilizer Co-op Fined $80,000 After Worker Injured

    BROCKVILLE, ON, June 18 /CNW/ - A Mississauga-based inter-regional co-op
that provides fertilizer ingredients to local farming co-ops pleaded guilty
and was fined $80,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice yesterday in connection
with an injury to a worker on November 23, 2006.
    Justice of the Peace Luc Guindon heard that two workers and a supervisor
were employed by Growmark Inc. at a fertilizer storage facility in Kemptville.
It had been leased to another co-op for a number of years and its physical
condition had deteriorated. Growmark made some efforts to address the
equipment and structural deterioration when it took over the facility in the
fall of 2005, but hazardous conditions remained. On the day of the incident, a
load of raw materials (urea) arrived and was being moved into a silo via a
conveying system. A worker noticed raw material spilling out of the top of the
silo and climbed stairs and ladders and walked along a catwalk adjacent to the
conveyor to investigate. The worker tripped on an object on the catwalk which
caused a fall onto the moving conveyor, an arm being pulled into an in-running
nip point. The worker suffered facial and soft tissue arm injuries.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the condition of the
catwalk was not in compliance with section 11(a)(ii) of Ontario Regulation
851/90, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety
    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
                    41 Courthouse Sq., Ctrm No. 1
                    Brockville, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Luc Guindon

    Date:           June 17, 2008, 9 a.m.

    Defendants:     Growmark Inc.

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Alexandra Bednar


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For further information:

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

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