The LCBO has been fined $100,000 following a guilty verdict at a trial stemming from a worker injury suffered at the liquor store located at 170 Sandalwood Parkway in Brampton.
Justice of the Peace Cristina Santos of the Provincial Offences Court/Ontario Court of Justice found the LCBO outlet to have an unsafe work environment after an incident described in a news release as such,
On April 24, 2013, a LCBO worker was moving a pallet of product using a forklift at the LCBO store located at 170 Sandalwood Parkway in Brampton. As the worker began to insert the forks into the pallet, a sound was heard which caused the worker to get out of the forklift and investigate. The product on the pallet then fell on the worker, causing injuries.
An investigation by the Ministry of Labour determined that the pallet was moved without precautions, while “Justice of the Peace Santos found that there were systemic problems at the Sandalwood LCBO location including multiple safety concerns from workers that were not responded to, and the injured worker was given forklift duties despite having out-of-date training.”
In addition to the $100K fine, the court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge to be credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.