Car Company Fined $850,000 for Separate Fatal Incidents

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In 2008, a worker was fatally injured at a car company assembly plant after being crushed between two forklifts. The worker was standing beside a forklift when a co-worker reversed another forklift into him. An MOL investigation found that the forklift operator didn’t have a clear view of the vehicle’s path while reversing. In 2009, a worker driving a lift truck carrying an unsecured pallet was killed at a company distribution centre when he was crushed between the pallet and the vehicle. The MOL concluded that the car company’s material movement policies and procedures weren’t adequate. The company pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to take all reasonable precautions in the circumstances to protect the safety of the workers (one for each incident) and was fined $850,000 [Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd., Govt. News Release, May 25, 2010].