Court Bulletin - Mississauga company fined after worker injured

    WOODSTOCK, ON, July 16 /CNW/ - TDS Automotive Canada, Inc., a
Mississauga-based company, was fined $60,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice
on July 10, 2008 after pleading guilty in the case of an incident in which a
worker was injured.
    The incident took place in March 2007 at an automotive warehouse in
Tillsonburg operated by TDS Automotive Canada, Inc. The injury occurred when
an employee was assisting a co-worker in removing a battery from a forklift.
The worker had a finger caught within the lifting device that was removing the
battery. The injury resulted in the amputation of one the worker's finger's at
the middle knuckle.
    After an investigation by the Ministry of Labour it was found that the
hooks of the battery lifting device were modified from the manufacturer's
design. The "stem" of the hooks were shortened and created a pinch point that
resulted in the injury.
    The company plead guilty to a violation of section 51 (1) (a) of Ontario
Regulation 851 which states that, "a lifting device be so constructed, of such
strength and be equipped with suitable ropes, chains, slings and other
fittings so as to adequately ensure the safety of all workers."
    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 Number 4
                415 Hunter Street, Woodstock, Ontario

    Judge:      Robert Gay

    Date:       July 10, 2008

    Defendant:  TDS Automotive Canada

    Matter:     Regulation 851 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act


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For further information:

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

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