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    Default Windsor Raceway Inc. Fined $100,000 For Health And Safety Violation

    Ministry of Labour

    Windsor Raceway Inc. fined $100,000 for health and safety violation

    WINDSOR, ON, April 25 /CNW/ - Windsor Raceway Inc., which operates a horse racetrack in Windsor, was fined $100,000 today for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in serious burns to a young employee.

    On December 13, 2002, a young kitchen worker was helping to perform kitchen cleanup duties when the young worker slipped and fell in hot oil. The incident occurred after the young worker was asked by a second worker to help change oil in a deep fryer. The procedure involved draining the oil into plastic pails, which were carried to a boiler room and emptied into a container for disposal. As the young worker carried the last pail of oil to the boiler room, the bottom of the pail melted and oil poured onto the floor. The young worker slipped in the oil puddle and suffered third-degree burns to the back and calf and second-degree burns to the hands, forearm and buttock. A
    Ministry of Labour investigation found the procedure used by the two workers to change the oil was taught to them by a co-worker and had been used in the past with cooler oil. The ministry also found the two workers were not provided with a thermometer or other means by which to check the oil's temperature. The incident occurred at a restaurant located at Windsor Raceway Inc.'s track at 5555 Ojibway Parkway in Windsor.

    Windsor Raceway Inc. pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to ensure that precautions and safeguards were taken so that the lifting, carrying or moving of the oil did not endanger the safety of any worker, as required by Section 45(a) of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments. This was contrary to Section 25(1)(c) of the act.

    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Maureen Ryan-Brode of the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor. In addition, 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
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    Location: Ontario Court of Justice
    251 Goyeau Street, Courtroom 302
    Windsor, Ontario

    Judge: Justice of the Peace Maureen Ryan-Brode

    Date / Time: April 25, 2005, 9 a.m.

    Defendant: Windsor Raceway Inc.

    Matter: Occupational Health & Safety

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    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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    Default ‘Sleeping giants’ can kill your workers

    ‘Sleeping giants’ can kill your workers

    Cylinders under pressure in your workplace are ‘sleeping giants' waiting to wake up and claim victims.

    While this analogy may be overly dramatic, it happened at a New Zealand trucking company recently.

    An unsecured fire extinguisher fell over (or was knocked over) in a workshop and killed a female employee after it flew out of control and hit her in the head.

    Tip : Make sure your compressed gas cylinders are stored properly to prevent tip-over accidents.

    Occupational health officials in New Zealand reported the valve of the fire extinguisher was damaged when it hit the floor. The gas escaped and caused the cylinder to spin violently out of control, striking a worker in the ankle. It then flew through the air and struck a 32-year-old female co-worker in the head, killing her almost instantly.

    But the cylinder didn't stop there. It then smashed through a wall and landed outside.

    Employers are urged to implement a safe handling policy for compressed gas cylinders in their shops. These cylinders truly are sleeping giants.

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    For information on compressed gas cylinder safety, visit http://safety.science.tamu.edu/cylinderhazard.html
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