St. Marys Cement was fined $75,000 in connection with a leg injury suffered by a worker who became trapped in a sand and gravel hopper in 2013, reported durhamregion.com.
On July 19, 2013, the worker at the company’s aggregate pit on Durham Regional Road 13 in Sunderland, Ontario, Canada, was trapped in a sand and gravel hopper while trying to clear a blockage.
St. Marys Cement pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure measures and procedures specified by the law were carried out in the workplace, and was fined in a Newmarket, Ontario, court last month.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found the employer failed to ensure that before a worker entered into any container or structure containing bulk material, all material being removed or added to it was stopped.
In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25 percent 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.