On September 20, 2013 at the store, located at 70 Coventry Road in Brampton, a worker who usually performed maintenance or janitorial tasks was asked to off-load a pallet of paper onto a pallet jack, or pump truck. The worker was walking backward, tripped on an empty pallet on the floor and fell. The worker complained about injury to a hand and to the head, and called in sick the next day. The worker did not return to work and passed away in hospital two weeks after the incident.
A Ministry of Labour inspector attended the scene on October 4, 2013 after receiving word of an industrial accident.
After three days at trial, Wal-Mart Canada Corporation was found guilty of violating Section 11 of Regulation 851 (the Industrial Establishments Regulation), which states that a floor or other surface used by any worker shall be kept free of obstructions and hazards.
The judge released her decision on May 6, 2016 and imposed a fine of $60,000 on June 2, 2016.
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. – CINEWS