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Maintenance contractor fined $110,000 for worker injury

Process Group Inc. has been fined $110,000 for a violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act as a result of a worker being injured while dismantling equipment at the General Motors Transmission Plant in Windsor, Ont. three...


Process Group Inc. has been fined $110,000 for a violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act as a result of a worker being injured while dismantling equipment at the General Motors Transmission Plant in Windsor, Ont. three years ago.

On Oct. 27, 2010, the Progress Group, a supplier of engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services to industry and is based in Cambridge, Ont., was working at the GM plant in Windsor, which was in the process of being decommissioned.

Gaining access to a piece of equipment that was to be removed required taking off sections of an overhead conveyor. Workers cut and separated a section of the conveyor and began removing the anchoring bolts on its base. As the last bolt was loosened, the conveyor section toppled over, hitting a worker and breaking vertebrae and a bone in one leg.

An Ontario Ministry of Labour inspection found that no blocking had been installed to prevent the collapse or movement of the conveyor section.

Process Group was found guilty after a trial on Nov. 12 of failing as an employer to prevent the movement of the equipment being dismantled. A $110,000 fine was levied at sentencing on Dec. 2.

The court also imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge that is required under the Provincial Offences Act.