Court Bulletin - TSC Stores GP Inc. fined $75,000 following worker injury

    OWEN SOUND, ON, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - TSC Stores GP Inc., a London-based
retailer of farm supplies and hardware, was fined $75,000 on January 9, 2009,
for a workplace health and safety violation related to a worker's injury at
its store in Owen Sound.
    On May 2, 2007, at the company's Owen Sound store, two workers were
moving a utility vehicle to a locked area for the night. The operator was
driving around a curve at high speed when the vehicle tipped over and then
skidded. The operator suffered a fractured leg and the passenger was unharmed.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation concluded the employer had not
provided adequate information and instructions to the worker on how to operate
the vehicle. TSC Stores GP Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to
ensure that mobile equipment was operated by a competent person, as prescribed
by section 54(1)(d) of Ontario Regulation 851/90 for industrial
establishments. This is contrary to section (25)(1)(c) of the Occupational
Health and Safety Act.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Robert T. Gay in the Ontario
Court of Justice, Owen Sound. 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
                    611 - 9th Avenue East, Courtroom 1
                    Owen Sound, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Robert T. Gay

    Date:           January 9, 2009

    Defendants:     TSC Stores GP Inc.

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety

    Crown Counsel:  Courtney Harris

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

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