Court Bulletin - Orangeville maintenance company fined $115,000 after worker killed

    GUELPH, ON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - An Orangeville maintenance company, pleaded
guilty and was fined $115,000 in connection with the death of a worker in
Guelph on May 1, 2006.
    Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson heard the plea on August 27
in the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph from 1337001 Ontario Limited,
carrying on business as Jerrico Industrial Maintenance.
    On April 30-May 1, 2006, at Linamar Holdings Inc.'s 148 Arrow Rd.,
Guelph, factory, Jerrico was contracted to provide maintenance workers to
maintain industrial equipment. A Linamar worker was electrocuted when he took
hold of an electrically charged chain attached to a crane. Electric cranes are
used in the workplace to move auto parts. One crane had been electrically
faulty and was unplugged at a shift's end by a Jerrico worker. Another Jerrico
worker on the next shift plugged it back in, noticed no trouble, and put it
back into service. The deceased was electrocuted by taking hold of a chain
attached to this electrically charged and faulty crane while holding onto the
chain of another crane that acted as a grounding structure.
    Jerrico pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to take every
precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker,
specifically, ensuring there was communication concerning maintenance work or
concerns relating to the crane between workers on the changing of the shift.
This was contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety
    In addition to the $115,000 fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim
fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is
credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
    Co-accused, Linamar Holdings Inc., carrying on business as Camtac
Manufacturing, pleaded guilty July 30, 2008, to failing, as an employer, to
ensure that the crane was maintained in good condition, contrary to
section 25(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Linamar was fined


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:       Ontario Court of Justice
                    55 Wyndham St., Ctrm No.1
                    Guelph, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson

    Date:           August 27, 2008

    Defendant:      1337001 Ontario Limited, c.o.b. as Jerrico Industrial

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Daniel Kleiman


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

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