Wal-Mart Canada Fined After Worker Exposed to Trip
BRAMPTON, ON - Wal-Mart Canada Corporation has been found guilty and fined $60,000 after a worker at the company's Brampton Supercentre fell and suffered injuries from a tripping hazard.
On September 20, 2013 at the store, located at 70 Coventry Road in Brampton, a worker who usually performed maintenance or janitorial tasks was asked to off-load a pallet of paper onto a pallet jack, or pump truck. The worker was walking backward, tripped on an empty pallet on the floor and fell. The worker complained about injury to a hand and to the head, and called in sick the next day. The worker did not return to work and passed away in hospital two weeks after the incident.
A Ministry of Labour inspector attended the scene on October 4, 2013 after receiving word of an industrial accident.
After three days at trial, Wal-Mart Canada Corporation was found guilty of violating Section 11 of Regulation 851 (the Industrial Establishments Regulation), which states that a floor or other surface used by any worker shall be kept free of obstructions and hazards.
The judge released her decision on May 6, 2016 and imposed a fine of $60,000 on June 2, 2016.
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.
Court Information at a Glance
Provincial Offences Court/Ontario Court of Justice
7755 Hurontario Street
Judge Nancy S. Kastner
Date of Sentencing:
June 2, 2016
Wal-Mart Canada Corp./La Compagnie Wal-Mart Du Canada
carrying on business as Wal-Mart
1969 Upper Water Street. Purdy's Wharf Tower II
P.O. Box 730
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Occupational health and safety
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Ontario Regulation 851(Industrial Establishments Regulation)
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