Toronto, Ont. – ABC Interior Systems Inc., a North York company that produced plastic auto parts using injection and blow moulding, was fined $50,000 for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, after a worker was injured.
On February 9, 2009, a worker was working at the company’s Etobicoke plant, where parts were assembled and spray painted. The worker was working indoors near a loading door. Outdoors, a lift-truck operator was bringing in three stacks of large plastic containers into the plant. The operator was attempting to secure the third, and final, stack of containers on a forklift when the stack became unbalanced due to a build-up of snow and ice. The stack tipped and crashed into the loading door, injuring the worker inside.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the company failed to keep the ground in the area clear of accumulated ice and snow.
ABC Interior Systems Inc. was found guilty under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to keep the floor or other surface that are used by workers free of obstructions, hazards and accumulation of refuse, snow or ice.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Ana Costa. In addition to the fine, the court also 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.