Warehouse Fined $70,000 after Worker’s Ankle Is Crushed by Pallet Truck

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A warehouse worker loading a skid with items for an order was standing in front of the skid when a pallet truck carrying another skid collided with him. His ankle was crushed between the two skids. An MOL investigation found that the load on the pallet truck was too high and obscured the driver’s view of where the truck was going and of the injured worker. The warehouse pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of requiring workers to stack items on a pallet truck in a way that allows for a clear view of its path of travel. The court fined it $70,000 [Peton Distributors ULC, Govt. News Release, Dec. 8, 2011].