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Maple Leaf Foods fined after Hamilton worker injured

Maple Leaf Foods headquarters, Mississauga, Ont., Nov. 5, 2013.


Maple Leaf Foods has been fined $120,000 after a worker was injured at its processing plant in Hamilton.

The worker suffered an arm injury on March 23, 2016, while preparing to dump deboned chicken into a hopper for processing at the facility on Glover Road South.

A Ministry of Labour news release says the chicken was loaded onto a pallet in a large cardboard and plastic box called a “combo.” The worker placed the pallet in the processing equipment so that it could be raised and dumped in the hopper.

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During the dumping of the chicken, the combo collapsed, causing the chicken to get stuck inside. The worker began lowering the combo to try to fix it, but it fell out of position on the equipment. The worker tried to correct the positioning by hand and the pallet holding the combo slid down and struck the worker’s arm, causing injuries.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that the chicken was not moved in such a way, and with necessary precautions safeguards in place, to protect the safety of a worker.

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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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