A meat packing company is facing a hefty fine after a young worker was injured on the job in Brampton.
Concord Premium Meats Ltd. was found guilty after a trial and fined $55,000 after a young worker was injured using a forklift.
The company operates a facility at 220 Wilkinson Road in Brampton, where the worker was injured. They also do business as Cucina Marcangelo Foods and Concord Premium Foods.
The incident occurred on May 22, 2013, when the young worker was performing their duties as a shipper and receiver.
The worker was operating a “walkie forklift” to move meat when they crashed into material being moved by a co-worker. As a result, the worker suffered a broken ankle.
A trial found the company guilty of failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by Ontario’s Industrial Establishments Regulation were followed.
More specifically, Concord Premium Meats Ltd. failed to ensure the floor or other surface used by any worker was not slippery and kept free of obstructions, hazards and accumulations;
Further, they failed to ensure barriers, warning signs or other safeguards for the protection of all workers were used where vehicle or pedestrian traffic may endanger the safety of any worker.
Finally, they failed to ensure that material, articles or things being lifted, carried or moved were handled in such a way that workers were not endangered.
Ultimately, the company committed offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The company was also fund guilty of providing information, instruction and supervision to the young worker to protect their health and safety.
The company was found guilty of four counts on June 13, 2017.
The $55,000 fine was imposed on August 2, 2017.
According to the province, new and young hires are the most vulnerable to injury on the job. In fact, new and young workers in Ontario are more likely to be injured during the first few months on the job than other workers, and are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time.
The court also 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.