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Toronto industrial bakery fined $57,000 after temp worker injured


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March 19, 2024
By OHS Canada

Health & Safety

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Breadsource Corporation, an industrial bakery in Toronto, has been fined $57,000 after a worker was critically injured while working on a bread conveyor that was not equipped with the required guarding.

On July 15, 2022, a temporary help agency worker contracted to work at Breadsource was assigned to a bread conveyor belt.

The conveyor had rotating rollers and gears that were not equipped with guarding or other devices to prevent access to its pinch points.

While adjusting bread on the conveyor, the worker suffered a critical injury. After the incident, the Company installed additional guarding on the conveyor to prevent access to pinch points.

Following a guilty plea in Provincial Offences Court, Breadsource Corporation was fined $57,000.

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The court also 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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