Court Bulletin - Mississauga company fined $70,000 after worker injured

    BRAMPTON, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - A Mississauga cardboard box maker pleaded
guilty and was fined $70,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, August 12, 2008,
in connection with an injury to a worker.
    Justice of the Peace Milagros Eustaquio-Syme heard that on October 30,
2007, an employee of Cascades Canada Inc. was working at a conveyor system
when the bottom one in a stack of 25 cartons got caught under the conveyor
belt. On trying to free the stuck carton, the worker's finger became caught in
the belt. When the worker tried reaching for the emergency stop on the side of
the machine, another finger became caught in the belt. Amputation of part of
both fingers was required.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the pinch point areas on
the belts and rollers were not guarded. This was contrary to section 25 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
                       5 Ray Lawson Blvd., Ctrm B2
                       Brampton, Ontario

    Judge:             Justice of the Peace Milagros Eustaquio-Syme

    Date:              August 12, 2008

    Defendants:        Cascades Canada Inc.

    Matter:            Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:     Alicia Gordon-Fagan

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For further information:

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

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