Clublink Fined $50K After Wood Chipper Incident at Rattle Snake Point 072417

Clublink Fined $50K After Wood Chipper Incident at Rattle Snake Point 072417
 

MILTON, ONTARIO – Clublink Corporation ULC, a corporation that owns and operates golf courses, pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000 after a young worker was injured by a wood chipper.

On May 27, 2015, two Clublink workers were operating a wood chipper at RattleSnake Point Golf Club Limited located at 5407 Regional Road 25 in Milton. The first worker started the chipper and began feeding wood while the second looked for a place to put down a coffee cup. Placing the cup near a vent on the back of the chipper, the second worker tried to feel if air was coming out of the vent that would knock the cup over. The second worker’s hand was pulled into the vent and injured.

A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that a guard that should have prevented access to the vent was not in place at the time of the incident. This was in violation of section 25(1)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Clublink Corporation ULC was fined $50,000 by Justice of the Peace Margot McLeod. 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.

Court Information at a Glance

Location:

Provincial Offences Court/Ontario Court of Justice

491 Steeles Ave East

Milton, Ontario

Judge:

Justice of the Peace Margot McLeod

Date of Sentencing: 

July 20, 2017

Defendant:

Clublink Corporation ULC.

Matter:

Occupational health and safety

Convictions:

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Section 25(1)(b)

Crown Counsel:

Katherine Ballweg

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