Hamilton Steel GP Inc. fined $150,000 after worker injured

    HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Hamilton Steel GP Inc., a Hamilton steel
producer, was fined $150,000 on February 3, 2009, for a violation of the
Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
    On January 11, 2007, at the company's facility on Wilcox St. in Hamilton,
a worker was completing maintenance work on a steel shear. A diverter table
was installed on the shear using slings and an overhead crane. When the crane
was lowered and the slings supporting the table were slackened, the shear
became unstable and it tipped onto the worker. The worker sustained shoulder,
arm and leg injuries.
    Hamilton Steel GP Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the shear was
secured against falling or tipping after the diverter table was attached and
the crane no longer supported the table's weight.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Don M. Stevely in the
Ontario Court of Justice, Hamilton. 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. E.
                             Hamilton, Ontario

                Judge:       Justice of the Peace Don M. Stevely

                Date:        February 3, 2009

                Defendants:  Hamilton Steel GP Inc.

                Matter:      Occupational Health and Safety Act

                 Counsel:    Deanna Exner


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For further information: Media contact: Rob Ashley, Ministry of Labour,
(416) 326-0925

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