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Wal-Mart Canada Fined After Worker Exposed to Trip

Author | 2016-06-03
Posted by SafetyON | June 03, 2016

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.

Wal-Mart Canada Fined $60,000 After Worker Exposed to Tripping Hazard
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
Brampton, Ontario

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
Suite 1300
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Occupational health and safety

Occupational Health and Safety Act
Section 25(1)(c)

Ontario Regulation 851(Industrial Establishments Regulation)
Section 11

Crown Counsel:
Catherine Glaister