Court Bulletin - Mississauga company fined $60,000 after two workers injured

    BRAMPTON, ON, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - DDM Plastics Company, which makes parts for
the auto industry, pleaded guilty and was fined $60,000 in the Ontario Court
of Justice in connection with an incident in which two workers were injured.
    Justice of the Peace Irving Andre heard that on June 20, 2006, at the
company's location at 2333 North Sheridan Way, Mississauga, a worker was told
to stand on a mobile ladder to manually remove and lower bumpers from a
storage rack. Normally, this would have been done using a reach truck, a
platform on which a worker stands to be raised and lowered, and to which he or
she is tied using a fall-arrest system. But on this day, the reach truck
experienced mechanical problems and could not be used to complete the work.
    The worker was attempting to pass a bumper down from the ladder stand to
a co-worker below when the ladder stand became unstable, tipped and sent both
workers falling to the floor, sustaining injuries.
    DDM Plastics Company pleaded guilty to committing the offence of failing,
as an employer, to ensure that material, articles or things to be removed from
a storage area, pile or rack, were removed in a manner that would not endanger
the safety of any worker. This was contrary to section 45(c) of Ontario
Regulation 851 and section 25(1)(c) 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
                 Courtroom 103
                 7755 Hurontario St., Brampton, Ontario

    Judge:       Justice of the Peace Irving Andre

    Date/Time:   February 22, 2008, 10 a.m.

    Defendant:   DDM Plastics Company

    Matter:      Occupational Health and Safety Act


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For further information:

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

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