November 5, 2007

Recycling firm, staffing agency fined over $87K for violating OHS Act

HAMILTON, ONT-Halton Recycling, of Burlington, Ont was fined $65,000 and KAS, a personnel and staffing agency based in Mississauga, Ont, was fined $22,500 after pleading guilty in relation to a workplace incident that resulted in injury to a worker. In February 2006, Halton Recycling was providing waste diversion services for the City of Hamilton, employing two workers provided by KAS. Halton and the two workers were operating a curbside recycling truck; one was the driver, the other was the loader. On a residential street, the loader jumped off the truck while it was turning on a cul-de-sac and one of the truck tires rolled over the worker's foot. The worker fell and suffered broken bones. An investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Labour found that both KAS and Halton Recycling failed as employers to acquaint the worker with any workplace hazards, contrary to section 25(2)(d) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Specifically, Halton failed to inform the loader about hazards associated with the handling and use of mobile recycling equipment. The companies were also levied a 25% victim fine surcharge.

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