MMFX Steel of Canada Inc. in St. Catharines, Ont., was fined $120,000 last week for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that caused a worker’s death.
On Jan. 20, 2009, at the company’s steel mill and foundry in Welland, a worker was walking across the workplace’s yard. While crossing the path of a moving front-end loader, the worker fell under the vehicle’s wheel. The loader operator did not see the fallen worker. The worker was run over and killed.
MMFX Steel pleaded guilty to failing to install signs, barriers or other safeguards in an area where vehicle or pedestrian traffic may endanger the safety of a worker.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Bruce Phillips. In addition to the fine, the court 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.