Thursday, 6 September 2012

Hubert Sabourin Inc. Fined $100,000 after workers head crushed between containers Killed

Hubert Sabourin Inc. Fined $100,000 After Worker Killed: Cornwall, ON - Hubert Sabourin Inc., an Alexandria, ON metal fabricator, was fined $100,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed.

On March 2, 2011, a worker at the company's Alexandria facility was in the yard measuring an empty container. The container was third in a row of four. As the worker was taking measurements, a second worker used a forklift to retrieve the first container in the row. This caused the other containers to bang up against each other. The first worker's head was caught between the third and fourth containers and the worker died of severe head trauma.

Hubert Sabourin Inc. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker on the dangers of working in the yard where there is vehicular traffic.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Linda Leblanc. 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.

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