Court Bulletin - Moonfleet Poultry Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

    WOODSTOCK, ON, June 12 /CNW/ - Moonfleet Poultry Inc., a Guelph company
that collects live chickens from farms and transports them to a poultry
processor, was fined $50,000 today for a violation under the Occupational
Health and Safety Act (OHSA), after a worker was injured.
    On November 14, 2007, a Moonfleet crew of chicken-catchers was loading
chickens at a farm in South-West Oxford. One member of the crew was working
from the top of a transport trailer, stacking crates, when the worker fell
over 4 meters to the ground below, sustaining a complex fracture to the hip
and pelvis.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker had not been
provided with training or supervision on the use of fall prevention when
working at heights.
    Moonfleet Poultry Inc. pleaded guilty under the OHSA to failing, as an
employer, to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker to
protect the health and safety of that worker.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Robert Gay. 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
                         415 Hunter Street, Courtroom 4
                         Woodstock, Ontario

    Judge:               Justice of the Peace Robert Gay

    Date of Conviction:  June 12, 2009

    Defendants:          Moonfleet Poultry Inc.

    Matter:              Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):       Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(2)(a)

    Crown Counsel:       Alicia Gordon-Fagan

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

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