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

    NEWMARKET, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - A Woodbridge maker and supplier of wood
pallets pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice,
August 8, 2008, in connection with an injury to a worker.
    Justice of the Peace C. Seglins heard that on November 1, 2006, an
employee of Woodbridge Pallet Limited, 9230 Islington Ave., removed
two-by-four planks that were holding sheets of plywood inside a trailer. The
plywood shifted and fell on the worker, resulting in an arm injury.
    Woodbridge Pallet pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure
that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 45(b) of the Ontario
Regulation 851 were carried out, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the
Occupational Health and Safety Act. The regulation requires that materials,
articles or things shall be transported, placed or stored so that they will
not tip, collapse or fall and so that they can be removed without endangering
the safety of a worker.
    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
                             465 Davis Dr.,
                             Newmarket, Ontario

              Judge:         Justice of the Peace C. Seglins

              Date:          August 8, 2008

              Defendants:    Woodbridge Pallet Limited

              Matter:        Occupational Health and Safety Act

              Crown Counsel: Neil Gobardhan


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For further information:

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

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