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Toronto plastics manufacturer fined after temp worker crushed in forklift accident

The worker suffered a permanent injury after being crushed between a forklift and a structural steel column


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TORONTO—Regency Plastics Co. Ltd. and a supervisor at the company’s Toronto plant have been fined for a forklift accident that left a temp worker permanently injured.

The incident took place in April 2016 at Regency’s site in North York, which manufactures industrial polyethylene packaging.

According to the Ministry of Labour, the temporary worker as well as a permanent employee had been assigned a task on the opposite side of the plant. To get there, the permanent worker got into a single-seat Yale forklift. The temp worker then stood on the forklift’s forks to ride across the plant, but in doing so, obstructed the driver’s view. In the middle of the plant, the forklift hit a structural steel column.

The temp worker on the forks suffered crushing injuries in the collision, which caused a permanent injury.

The investigation into the incident determined that neither worker had taken forklift training while working at Regency, meaning neither were certified.

Along with stipulating that a company must ensure safety procedures are carried out, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires a supervisor to make sure proper procedure is followed.

Both Regency and the supervisor pleaded guilty to the violations in a Toronto court room late last week. The company was ordered to pay $50,000, while the supervisor faces a $3,000 fine.


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