$270,000 Fine Upheld on Appeal in OHSA Case

A recent Ontario appeal decision serves as a reminder that courts in Occupational Health and Safety Act cases can award fines higher than what the prosecutor requests. Last summer, in R. v. Matcor Automotive Inc., the Ontario Court of Justice upheld a $270,000 fine imposed by a Justice of the Peace in a case of a worker seriously injured in a workplace incident, a substantially higher amount than the $180,000 requested by the Ministry of Labour prosecutor. Matcor Automotive Inc. (“Matcor”) is a manufacturer of metal parts for the automotive industry. On January 15, 2013, at its Brampton facility, maintenance worker Davy Valentini was instructed to fix the tooling and overheating electrode associated with a robotic cell. The robot crushed against Valentini’s back, tragically rendering him a paraplegic. After a six-day trial, Matcor was found guilty on three charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1. Justice of the Peace D.…

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