October 25, 2010
Fripes Export fined in worker injury
Fripes Export Ltd., a large used-clothing procurement, grading and re-distribution business located in Toronto, has been fined $50,000 for an injury to an electrical contractor.
On Oct. 29, 2009, an electrical contractor working for Fripes was directing a worker operating a fork lift.
The electrical contractor walked backwards into the path of a bale of clothing being ejected from a bailing press.
The bail of clothing rolled into the electrical contractor, causing injuries to the contractor’s lower limbs.
Fripes pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the lifting, carrying or moving of clothing bales did not endanger the safety of any worker.
The company was fined Oct. 13, 2010, for its violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that caused the worker injury.
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