Court Bulletin - Martinrea International Inc. fined $250,000 following death of worker

    NEWMARKET, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Martinrea International Inc., a
multi-national automotive and industrial parts manufacturer with offices in
Vaughan, was fined $250,000 on January 26, 2009, for a health and safety
violation after one of its workers died in an industrial incident.
    On April 23, 2007, an employee at M.J. Manufacturing, a Martinrea
division on Travail Road in Markham, was repairing 9.1-metre (30-foot) outdoor
light poles with the use of a scissor lift. A thunderstorm with wind gusts had
been predicted by Environment Canada for that day. Despite specific warnings
posted on the machine and in its operator manual against use in high winds,
the worker standing on its work platform was using the scissor lift at a
height of approximately seven metres (22 feet, ten inches) when the storm
arrived with gusts of high wind. The lift was toppled by the wind, throwing
the operator to the ground. The worker died the next day in hospital.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found no evidence that the worker had
received training in the safe operation of the scissor lift and the company
had no written procedures in place for its safe operation. Martinrea
International Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to provide
information, instruction and supervision to a worker for safe operation of a
scissor lift. This was contrary to section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health
and Safety Act.
    The fine was imposed by Justice S. C. Armstrong in the Ontario Court of
Justice, Newmarket. 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
                     50 Eagle Street
                     Courtroom 101,
                     Newmarket, Ontario

    Judge:           Justice S. C. Armstrong

    Date:            January 26, 2009, 9:30 a.m.

    Defendants:      Martinrea International Inc.

    Matter:          Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:   Alexandra Bednar


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For further information: Media contact: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of
Labour, (416) 326-7405

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