Court Bulletin - Mississauga metal galvanizer fined $80,000 after worker injured

    BRAMPTON, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - PMT Industries Limited, operating as Pure
Metal Galvanizing, of Mississauga, pleaded guilty and was fined $80,000 in the
Ontario Court of Justice, August 12, 2008, in connection with an injury to a
    Justice of the Peace Milagros Eustaquio-Syme heard that on May 16, 2007,
a maintenance worker, who was employed by the company at its workplace at 7470
Bren Rd., was instructed to add caustic soda in solid (powder/pellet) form to
a caustic rinse tank used to clean and degrease products prior to galvanizing.
As the worker was opening the soda container's lid, some caustic soda fell
into the rinse tank, resulting in an eruption that caused second and third
degree burns to 25 percent of the worker's body.
    The company pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that a
worker who worked with, or in proximity to, a controlled product was informed
of all hazard information concerning the controlled product, as required by
section 6 of Regulation 860, contrary to 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:      PMT Industries Limited, operating as Pure Metal

    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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