Court Bulletin - Toys retailer fined $50,000 after worker injured

    HAMILTON, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - Toys "R" Us (Canada) Ltd., headquartered at
Concord, Ontario, pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000 in the Ontario Court of
Justice, June 2, 2008, in connection with an injury to a worker.
    Justice of the Peace Don M. Stevely heard that on March 30, 2007, a Toys
"R" Us employee working at a company store at 970 Upper Wentworth St.,
Hamilton, climbed a 2.4 metre ladder in a storeroom to retrieve a tricycle in
a box on a top shelf. The box's size meant the worker could not climb down
facing the ladder or while maintaining three points of contact with the
ladder. The worker descended, carrying the box, while facing away from the
ladder, lost balance and fell to the floor, hitting a clothing rack and
suffering bruising and scratches.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the employee had not
received instruction, supervision or training in the safe use of ladders,
although such training was part of the company's health and safety program.
The company pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to provide information,
instruction and supervision to a worker to protect the health and safety of
the worker. This was contrary to section 25(2)(a) 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
                    45 Main St., Hamilton, Courtroom 300
                    Hamilton, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Don M. Stevely

    Date:           June 2, 2008, 1:30 p.m.

    Defendants:     Toys "R" Us (Canada) Ltd.

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  William Robinson


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For further information:

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

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