Excerpts from the Ontario Government’s ‘Newsroom’

Brewers Retail Inc. was fined $120,000 on February 10, 2010, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that caused an injury to a worker.

On August 28, 2008, two workers were delivering beer at a restaurant in Oshawa. The delivery truck had a tailgate, or a platform that can be raised and lowered. The tailgate had a ramp on its end. This could be lifted to become a barrier to keep things on the tailgate. One of the workers wheeled a pallet truck of bottles onto the tailgate. The second worker raised the tailgate, but neither of the workers lifted the ramp. While on the raised tailgate, the first worker pressed the reverse button on the pallet truck. The worker and the truck fell off the tailgate. The worker’s ankle was fractured.

Excerpt from the Government of Ontario’s ‘Newsroom’

Ford Motor Company of Canada has been fined $850,000 for violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after two workers were killed in separate incidents.

On Jan. 31, 2008, a worker was fatally injured at Ford’s Oakville, Ont., assembly plant after being crushed between two forklifts. The worker was standing beside a forklift when a co-worker reversed another forklift into the worker. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the forklift operator did not keep a clear view of the vehicle’s path of travel while reversing.