The Quebec-based owner and operator of a Rona Cashway Building Centre in North Bay was recently fined $65,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the Act) that led to a young worker sustaining serious injuries.
According to the Ministry of Labour (MOL), a worker approached a forklift and walked behind it thinking eye contact had been made with the operator. The operator reversed the forklift striking and running over the worker resulting in bone fractures and nerve damage.
The MOL reported no adequate safeguards were in place to protect workers from the forklift as required by section 20 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments (Reg. 851). The employer pleaded guilty for this violation.
Occupational Health & Safety Act
Regulation 851— Industrial Establishments
20. Barriers, warning signs or other safeguards for the protection of all workers in an area shall be used where vehicle or pedestrian traffic may endanger the safety of any worker.
The Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) offers a range of training programs to help employers, supervisors and other workplace parties better understand their duties and responsibilities outlined in the Act, the Industrial Regulations and other occupational health and safety legislation. The WHSC offers a comprehensive skills training program for forklift operators. A number of training programs and information resources aimed at new and young workers are also available.
Want to know about these WHSC training programs and other information resources? Call 1-888-869-7950 or contact a WHSC near you and ask to speak to a training service representative and/or link to examples provided below: