Failing to Clear Snow & Ice Costs Company $50,000

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A worker was working indoors near a loading door while a lift-truck operator was bringing in three stacks of large plastic containers on a forklift. The stack became unbalanced due to a build-up of snow and ice on the ground. It tipped and crashed into the loading door, injuring the worker inside. An MOL investigation found that the company failed to keep the ground in the area clear of ice and snow. It was found guilty of an OHS violation and was fined $50,000 [ABC Interior Systems Inc., Govt. News Release, Feb. 23, 2011].