Ontario plastics firm fined $100,000 for worker death
Newmarket, ON – CRS Plastics Ltd., a Vaughan, ON-based plastic bottle manufacturer, was fined $100,000 for a violation under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was fatally injured.
On March 29, 2014, a temporary worker was removing plastic bottles from the end of a blow mould machine at the CRS facility located at 140 Hanlan Rd. in Vaughan. The machine had a moving part that should have been guarded, however that guard had broken and was missing from the machine while it underwent repairs. The worker came into contact with the moving part of the machine and was fatally injured.
CRS Plastics Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a machine with a moving part that could endanger a worker was equipped with a guard to prevent access.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Marie-Christine Smythe on August 17, 2015, in Newmarket court. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% 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.