Worker suffers permanent injury from conveyor belt, Matrix Logistics fined

Thursday February 16, 2017
Written by Ontario Ministry of Labour
Feb. 16, 2017 - Following a trial, Matrix Logistics Services Ltd. has been convicted and ordered to pay a fine of $70,000 after a worker was seriously injured after being pulled into a moving conveyor belt.

The company, which provides warehousing and storage services for businesses, has a facility in Mississauga.

On May 17, 2012, a worker was performing maintenance on a conveyor belt and the worker's hand and arm were drawn into the running belt. The worker was able to stop the device and was taken to hospital.

The matter went to trial, which took place over six days in 2015. Justice of the Peace Sally A. Fallon rendered her decision on May 31, 2016 and held a sentencing hearing on October 18, 2016. Justice Fallon found that Matrix Logistics Services committed the offence of failing as an employer to ensure that an in-running nip hazard that may endanger the safety of a worker was equipped with and guarded with a device that prevents access to the pinch point. These safety procedures are required under the Industrial Establishments Regulation (Ontario Regulation 851) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The $70,000 fine was imposed by the court on February 7, 2017.

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.

Comments 

 
0 #4 Don 2017-02-23 09:34
I agree with Jim employers that injure their employees need to be held accountable.
If you think $70,000.00 is a huge amount of money I assure you, it’s not; speaking from experience as I am one of those injured workers.
Also if you think that BS that WSIB sells you about your job being protected if you are injured at work, well, that is a LIE. My ex-employer injured me and told the WSIB people in an accommodation meeting that they did not want me back unless I was able to do 100% of my job. I was on modified duties they sent me home to be on full WSIB benefits stating that they did not have any more modified duties available. A year and a half later they sent me a registered letter stating that I had been fired due to frustration of contract (I had not been to work). Incidentally the WSIB fine for firing an injured employee is on year of the employee’s wages and it is paid to WSIB.
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0 #3 Jeff 2017-02-22 18:06
Employers are responsible to ensure employees receive and understand the training they get. It is the supervisor's responsibility to ensure the workers are following policies and procedures.Yes sometimes workers take shortcuts. If employers do their due diligence, and a worker gets injured because they did not follow procedures, then it comes down to the supervisor. Some employers have workers sign documents stating that they fully understand the training they received. Employees need to be accountable too. Some employers are negligent, some just don't fully understand what their responsibilitie s are. It does not have to be a huge expense to implement policies and procedures. It does not take that much to write up a lockout procedure for a conveyor belt. However, without knowing all the details in this case, people can only speculate on the course of events that led to this worker's injury.
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-1 #2 Jim Lokus 2017-02-22 17:00
Unlike Larry who has responded like a true negligent employer, I think it's high time these employers had to shell out HUGE amounts of money after a conviction, in order to penalize them for cutting corners or turning a blind eye to the safety rules that are established to prevent such occurrences from happening . The majority of times, the employer doesn't want to pay the money to implement the safety procedures thinking they are not necessary, only to have something tragic occur later.
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0 #1 Larry 2017-02-22 16:33
What a shocking story. Worker is injured, employer gets crucified/. Has there EVER been a case where the Ministry said the company HAD provided the proper training, and that the injury was the worker's fault?
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