Logistics company fined for injury
Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017 ( #852 ) – Vaughan, ON, Canada
A Vaughan-based logistics company has been fined after a worker was injured at one of its warehouses last year.
The Vaughan Citizen reports that Consolidated Fastfrate, which has shipping and warehousing operations across Canada, was fined $ 85,000 after pleading guilty in a Newmarket courtroom to violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
On February 12, 2016, a worker was loading drums into a vehicle at a loading bay, using a forklift inside a warehouse in Woodbridge. The worker had loaded one skid of drums and proceeded to pick up a second skid of drums. The drums on the forklift were stacked in such a way that the forklift operator’s view was obstructed while operating the forklift in a forward direction, according to a Ministry of Labour statement.
While driving forward after picking up the second load, the forklift operator struck another forklift operator who was standing while dealing with some paperwork.
That worker was hit from behind and suffered an injury that became permanent.
The company pleaded guilty to violating regulations requiring a forklift operator to be assisted by a signaller when there is not a full view of the intended path of travel.