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.

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