Court Bulletin - Grant Forest Products Fined $90,000 for Health and Safety Violation

    NORTH BAY, ON, July 30 /CNW/ - Grant Forest Products Inc. was fined
$90,000 on July 25, 2008, after being found guilty on June 19, 2008, of two
violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in injuries
to an employee.
    On February 19, 2002, a worker suffered leg injuries after falling almost
seven metres down a vertical shaft while inside a screener used to separate
larger wood chips from smaller particles. A Ministry of Labour investigation
determined the worker was not wearing fall arrest equipment. The incident
occurred at a Grant Forest Products facility in Englehart. Grant Forest
Products had hired Wabi Development Corporation to inspect and maintain
equipment at the plant. Wabi Development was likewise fined $50,000 on
December 2, 2005.
    Following a trial, Grant Forest Products was found guilty of failing to
ensure a worker, who was exposed to a hazard of falling more than three
metres, wore adequate fall arrest protection. This was contrary to Section
25(1)(c) of the act. Grant Forest Products was also found guilty of failing to
provide information, instruction and supervision to protect a worker from
falling. This was contrary to Section 25(2)(a) of the act.
    The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Gilles Lecouteur of the
Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay. In addition, 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
                            360 Plouffe St., Ctrm. 301
                            North Bay, Ontario

            Judge:          Justice of the Peace Gilles Lecouteur

            Date:           July 25, 2008, 9 a.m.

            Defendants:     Grant Forest Products Inc.

            Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

            Crown Counsel:  Daniel Kleiman


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For further information:

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

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