Court Bulletin - Sobeys fined $85,000 after worker injured

    KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Sobeys Capital Incorporated, the retail
grocer, pleaded guilty and was fined $85,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice,
September 16, 2008, in connection with an injury to a worker, January 19,
    Justice of the Peace Robert Gay heard that a produce manager, trying to
retrieve a small produce rack stored on a mezzanine at the chain's Cambridge
store at 75 Dundas St., fell from a ladder and suffered hip and leg fractures
and a separated shoulder. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the
employer had contravened section 45 (c) of Ontario Regulation 851 that
requires material, articles or things to be removed from a storage area, pile
or rack, in a manner that will not endanger the safety of any worker. This was
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
                    77 Queen St., Ctrm. No. 102
                    Kitchener, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Robert Gay

    Date:           September 16, 2008

    Defendants:     Sobeys Capital Incorporated

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Katherine Ballweg


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

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