Worker falls, dies two weeks later; Walmart Brampton Supercentre fined $60,000

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Wal-Mart Canada Corporation has been found guilty and fined $60,000 after a worker at the company’s Brampton Supercentre fell and suffered injuries from a tripping hazard.

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.

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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

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