Court Bulletin - Toronto company fined $50,000 after worker injured

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Toronto food processing company W.T. Lynch Foods
Limited pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice September 4, 2008, and
was fined $50,000 in connection with an injury to a worker.
    Justice of the Peace Najib Tahiri heard that on January 25, 2007, a
company employee was cleaning a machine with an exposed auger rotating. The
worker's arm became trapped in the auger, resulting in hand and wrist
    Operation of the machine while the auger was rotating was contrary to
section 75 of Ontario Regulation 851. W.T. Lynch Foods Limited pleaded guilty
to failing, as an employer, to ensure that the measures and procedures of the
regulation were carried out, 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, 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 Queen St. W.
                       Toronto, Ontario

    Judge:             Justice of the Peace Najib Tahiri

    Date:              September 4, 2008

    Defendant:         W.T. Lynch Foods Limited

    Matter:            Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:     Alicia Gordon-Fagan


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For further information: Media Contact: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of
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