Court Bulletin - Laurentian Valley fined $75,000 after worker seriously injured

    PEMBROKE, ON, June 2 /CNW/ - The Corporation of the Township of
Laurentian Valley, carrying on business as the Ottawa Valley Waste Management
Board, was fined $75,000 on May 25, 2009, for a violation under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after a worker was seriously
    On August 9, 2007, workers at Algonquin Provincial Park were emptying
buried waste collection containers. The containers consist of a solid top and
sides with a flexible bag underground that is opened using a drawstring. To
empty a container, workers lift the bag out of the ground with a crane and
swivel it over a truck-mounted collection bin. Workers open the bag's
drawstring, waste falls into the bin, and the bag is returned to the ground.
    On this day, the drawstring of one of the waste bags would not open, so a
worker climbed into the top of the truck-mounted collection bin to manually
open the bag. The worker did not use the catwalk mounted on the back of the
truck, and while on the top of the truck, the worker slipped and fell about
3.5 metres to the pavement below.
    The Corporation of the Township of Laurentian Valley pleaded guilty under
the OHSA to failing, as an employer, to acquaint the worker with the hazards
of working from and/or falling from truck-mounted garbage bins.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Nancy Mitchell. 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
                          297 Agnes St. E.
                          Pembroke, Ontario

    Judge:                Justice of the Peace Nancy Mitchell

    Date of Conviction:   May 25, 2009

    Defendants:           Township of Laurentian Valley carrying on business
                          as Ottawa Valley Waste Management Board

    Matter:               Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):        Occupational Health and safety Act,
                          Section 25(2)(d)

    Crown Counsel:        Catherine Glaister


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