Court Bulletin - Quebec-Based Company Fined $73,000 After Worker Injured

    OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - An Anjou, Quebec-based maker of concrete masonry
and landscaping products pleaded guilty and was fined $73,000 in the Ontario
Court of Justice, July 31, 2008, in connection with an injury to an employee.
    Justice of the Peace Claudette Cain heard that the employee was a machine
operator for Permacon Group Inc. at its Stittsville, Ontario site when the
incident occurred, December 6, 2006. The worker was using a wrapper/stroker
machine to wrap pallets of bricks in plastic and then move them through an
automated door for storage. In cold weather, the door became jammed. To open
the door manually, the worker moved between it and a pallet of bricks sitting
on a track of rollers. When the door opened, the stroker part of the machine
moved forward, pinning the worker by the legs against the pallet of bricks and
causing severe injuries.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation concluded that the machine was not
equipped with a guard or other device to prevent access to a pinch point. 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
                       100 Constellation Cres., Ctrm. 102
                       Ottawa, Ontario

    Judge:             Justice of the Peace Claudette Cain

    Date:              July 31, 2008, 1:30 p.m.

    Defendants:        Permacon Group Inc.

    Matter:            Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:     Shantanu Roy


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For further information:

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

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