Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fines and Penalties for failing to protect worker under OHSA

 M & M Painting and Sand Blasting Ltd. Fined $70,000 After Worker Injured
May 10, 2012 3:00 PM

Hamilton, ON - M & M Painting and Sand Blasting Ltd., of Cayuga, ON, was fined $70,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On May 9, 2010, workers from M & M Painting and Sand Blasting Ltd. were painting structural steel components for a company in Hamilton. A steel sheave was resting on the forks of a forklift while workers spray painted it from below. It was not secured to the forks. A gust of wind blew the sheave, causing it to fall off the forklift and seriously injure a worker.
M & M Painting and Sand Blasting Ltd. was fined $70,000 for failing to ensure thatthe sheave was secured against tipping or falling.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Paul Welsh. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, 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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