Court Bulletin - Wasteco fined $85,000 after worker dies

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - Southern Sanitation Inc., a Toronto garbage
hauling company carrying on business as Wasteco, was fined $85,000 on April
16, 2009, for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA),
after a worker was killed.
    On November 20, 2007, a Wasteco truck mechanic working alone at the
company garage at 161 Bridgeland Avenue in Toronto was crushed between the
rails and frame of a roll-off truck being worked on.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found the company had written
instructions for blocking the hoist rails of this type of truck when the rails
are in the raised position, but this had not been done.
    Southern Sanitation Inc., carrying on business as Wasteco, pleaded guilty
under the OHSA of failing as an employer to provide information, instruction
and supervision to protect the health and safety of a worker.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace W. G. Ralph. In addition to
the fine, the court also 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
                          Old City Hall, Courtroom N
                          60 Queen Street West
                          Toronto, Ontario

    Judge:                Justice of the Peace W. G. Ralph

    Date of Conviction:   April 16, 2009

    Defendants:           Southern Sanitation Inc., carrying on business as

    Matter:               Occupational Health and Safety

    Conviction(s):        OHSA Section25(2)(a)

    Crown Counsel:        Lori Hamilton


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For further information: Media contact: Rob Ashley, Ministry of Labour,
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