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#147973 - 04/17/03 10:44 AM Canadian Co. Fined for Safety Violation
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WABCO Standard Trane Co. fined $75,000 for health and safety violation

KITCHENER, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - WABCO Standard Trane Co., a Mississauga-based company carrying on business as American Standard, which manufactures enamel steel sinks and bathtubs in Cambridge, Ont., was fined $75,000 on April 7, 2003 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in serious hand injuries to an employee.

On March 1, 2001, a press operator reached into a press to remove a gusset (metal bracket) when the press cycled without use of the controls. The worker lost several fingers as a result of the incident at American Standard's plant on Guelph Avenue in Cambridge. A Ministry of Labour investigation determined the press had deficiencies that could have been detected with proper maintenance. The accident likely could have been prevented if the press had been properly maintained.

WABCO Standard Trane Co. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure the press was maintained in good condition. This was contrary to Section 25(1)(b) of the act.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Jeannette P. De Jong of the Ontario Court of Justice in Kitchener. In addition, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

Court Information at a Glance:

Location: Ontario Court of Justice
77 Queen Street North, Courtroom 101
Kitchener, Ontario

Judge: Justice of the Peace Jeannette P. De Jong

Date/Time: April 7, 2003, 9 a.m.

Defendant: WABCO Standard Trane Co. carrying on business as American Standard

Matter: Occupational Health & Safety

For further information: Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Jeremy Warning, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7970
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