Sealed Air (Canada) fined C$55,000 for OSHA violation for worker injury at Brampton, Ontario, plant; company pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate instruction, supervision

BRAMPTON, Ontario , January 10, 2012 (press release) – Sealed Air (Canada) CO/CIE, a Nova Scotia manufacturer of packaging products, was fined $55,000 today for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On March 15, 2010, at the company's plant in Brampton, a temporary worker was applying tape, sticky side out, to a cardboard roll that was rotating on a machine. The worker placed a hand on the roll and the previously applied tape caught the worker's glove. The worker's arm was pulled around the roller and fractured.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker had not been given specific information about the hazards of placing a gloved hand on the cardboard roll.

Sealed Air (Canada) CO/CIE pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate information, instruction and supervision to the worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Karen Jensnen. In addition to the fine, the court 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.

Court Information at a Glance

Location: Ontario Court of Justice

5 Ray Lawson Blvd.

Brampton, ON

Judge: Justice of the Peace Karen Jensnen

Date of Sentencing: January 10, 2012

Defendant: Sealed Air (Canada) CO/CIE

Matter: Occupational Health and Safety

Conviction: Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(2)(a)

Crown Counsel: Wes Wilson, Jai Dhar and Alex Bednar

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