Canadian company faces six-figure fine over worker’s avoidable death

An Ontario employer that failed to ensure the safety of its workforce was sentenced earlier today.

An Ontario employer that failed to ensure the safety of its workforce and ultimately played a part in the avoidable death of one of its employees was fined $150,000 earlier today.

Ingredion Canada pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures outlined in the Industrial Establishments Regulation were carried out – specifically, the clearance between moving rail cars and stationary posts were not sufficient.

The fine follows the tragic death of 28-year-old Dan Gilmore, who was crushed between a railcar and a steel beam while working at the company’s Port Colborne plant in 2013.

In addition to the fine, Justice of the Peace Mary Shelley 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.

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