Ford fined $175,000 after worker injured

    BURLINGTON, ON, July 25 /CNW/ - Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited
pleaded guilty and was fined $175,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice today
after a worker was injured at the company's Oakville plant on September 19,
    Justice of the Peace Robert Ponton heard that the employee suffered a
broken ankle while working at a roll testing station in the Oakville Assembly
Complex on Canadian Road. At the roll test station, a diagnostic machine
simulates road tests on finished vehicles. In this instance, a vehicle on the
test station had brake problems and it was decided to push it rather than
drive it away. The worker was pushing at the back of the vehicle when a sensor
automatically activated and a floor exhaust vent began to retract, creating an
unguarded accessible pinch point. The worker's foot and leg became trapped.
    Ford pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure the retractable
floor exhaust vent at the dynamic rolls test station that could endanger a
worker was equipped with, and guarded by, a guard or device that prevents
access to the pinch point, as required by section 25 of Ontario Regulation
851. This was 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 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
                    2051 Plains Rd.,
                    Burlington, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Robert Ponton

    Date:           July 25, 2008, 8:45 a.m.

    Defendants:     Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Line Forestier

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For further information:

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

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