Court Bulletin - Stratford company fined $75,000 after worker injured

    STRATFORD, ON, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - FAG Aerospace Inc., of Stratford, pleaded
guilty and was fined $75,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, August 12, 2008,
in connection with an injury to a worker.
    Justice of the Peace Wilmer Hepburn heard that on March 26, 2007, a
worker at the company's 151 Wright Blvd. plant was operating a machine that
uses a grinding pin at very high revolutions per minute to grind down products
being processed. The worker was asked by a supervisor to run the machine at
higher than usual revolutions as part of a test. When the worker refused to do
so, a supervisor did the test while the worker stood by. The grinding pin
broke off, became airborne and lodged itself in the worker's chest.
    FAG failed, as an employer, to ensure that the machine was properly
guarded, contrary to section 24 of Ontario Regulation 851, 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
                    1 Huron St., Ctrm No. 1
                    Stratford, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Wilmer Hepburn

    Date:           August 12, 2008

    Defendant:      FAG Aerospace Inc.

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Sidney Peters

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

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