Court Bulletin - Ford fined $100,000 after worker injured

    WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited
pleaded guilty and was fined $100,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice,
September 23, 2008, in connection with a worker injury, May 13, 2006.
    Justice of the Peace Robert Ponton heard that a worker suffered burns
while operating a skid steer loader in the melting department of Ford's
Windsor Casting Plant, 2900 Trenton St., Windsor. The work involved moving
foundry debris after it had fallen from a cupola into a hopper. However, a
Ministry of Labour investigation found that steps were not taken to assess the
temperature of the material before it was moved. At some point while the
worker was backing out of the area with a load in the bucket, a fire erupted
and spread to the loader's cab, seriously burning the worker. The
investigation also found that workers were not instructed on how to safely
complete a bottom drop at the cupola.
    Ford pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of
implementing a mandatory cooling period or other procedure to assess the
temperature of the material before it was removed from a bottom drop cupola to
protect the health or safety of workers, contrary to section 25(2)(h) 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
                       251 Goyeau St., Ctrm No.302
                       Windsor, Ontario

    Judge:             Justice of the Peace Robert Ponton

    Date:              September 23, 2008

    Defendants:        Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited

    Matter:            Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:     Line Forestier


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