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Toronto bakery Breadsource Corporation fined $57K for workplace safety regulations

by HR Law Canada

Breadsource Corporation, located at 1820 Ellesmere Rd., in Toronto has been fined $57,000 following a workplace incident where a worker sustained injuries.

Justice of the Peace Grace Lin issued the fine after the company pleaded guilty to failing to comply with Ontario’s safety regulations.

The incident, which took place on July 15, 2022, at the company’s Scarborough facility, involved a temporary worker who suffered injuries while working on a bread conveyor belt that lacked the necessary safety guarding. This contravenes section 25 of Ontario Regulation 851 for Industrial Establishments, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The court also mandated a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, funneling the proceeds into a provincial fund designed to support victims of crime, as stipulated by the Provincial Offences Act.

On the day of the accident, the worker, provided by a temporary help agency, was assigned to manage the conveyor belt, which featured unguarded rotating rollers and gears, exposing them to hazardous pinch points. Following the incident, Breadsource Corporation took corrective measures by installing additional safety guards on the conveyor to block access to these dangerous areas.

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