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Katoen Natie Canada Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured

SARNIA, Ont. - Katoen Natie Canada, a Quebec-based logistics services provider, was fined $70,000 on June 25, 2009, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after a worker was injured.

On June 21, 2007, at the company's warehouse in Corunna, a forklift operator was using an electric reach truck to lift and pull cartons from storage racks. The worker backed into a steel rack, trapping a leg between the truck and the racking and breaking the leg.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker was a certified lift truck operator, but was not certified for the machinery involved in the incident. The worker's supervisor was also not monitoring the worker at the time of the incident.

Katoen Natie Canada pleaded guilty under the OHSA to failing, as an employer, to ensure the worker was competent to operate the lifting device or was accompanied by a competent person while operating the lifting device.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Marsha Miskokomon. 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.

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Court Bulletin - Asia Pulp & Paper (Canada) Ltd. Fined $60,000 After Worker Seriously Injured

BRAMPTON, ON, June 10 /CNW/ - Asia Pulp & Paper (Canada) Ltd., a Toronto manufacturer of pulp and paper products, was fined $60,000 on June 9, 2009, for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), after a worker was seriously injured.

On November 5, 2007, at the company's Brampton facility, a worker was loading skids onto a truck parked at a loading bay. While the worker was on a forklift inside the truck, the truck rolled forward about five meters from the loading bay. The worker reversed off the truck and fell, with the forklift, to the ground below.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the wheels of the truck were not chocked to prevent it from rolling.
Asia Pulp & Paper (Canada) Ltd. pleaded guilty under the OHSA to failing, as an employer, to ensure the truck was immobilized and secured against accidental movement.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John H. Jackson. 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.

Impex Granite & Marble Ltd. Fined $70,000 After Worker Killed

Newmarket, Ont. - Impex Granite & Marble Ltd., a Concord importer and distributor of granite and marble, was fined $70,000 on June 26, 2009, for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after a worker was killed.

On May 24, 2007, workers were unloading slabs of granite from a container. The slabs, weighing between 226 and 454 kilograms each, were in bundles of 10 held together by wooden braces. While the workers were cutting the wooden braces, one broke, causing that bundle of granite and three others to tip sideways and pin one of the workers to the side of the container. The worker suffered fatal crushing injuries.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that there was nothing to stop the granite from tipping onto a worker once the braces were cut.

Impex Granite & Marble Ltd. pleaded guilty under the OHSA to failing, as an employer, to ensure the granite was transported, placed and stored so that it would not tip, collapse or fall, and it could be removed or withdrawn without endangering the safety of any worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Carol Seglins. 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.

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