A Toronto grocery store operator was fined $55,000, plus a 25 per cent victim surcharge, for failing to maintain equipment in good condition, thus exposing workers to a crushing hazard.
On October 15, 2007, a Ministry of Labor inspector responded to a health and safety complaint at Metro Ontario’s Food Basics store in Kingston, Ontario. The inspector noted that on one loading dock, the dock plate bridging back of off-loading trucks with the store’s receiving area was broken. It was not lifting on its own, and workers were using their hands and feet to lift and lower the plate. The inspector found that the store’s joint health and safety committee, which included the store manager, was aware of the problem since June 2007.
Metro Ontario Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the dock plate was maintained in good condition, contrary to clause 25(1)(b) of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.
This news item first appeared in our affiliate news service EHScompliance.ca, August 2009. Visit www.ehscompliance.ca