Bunge fined $70K for 2008 worker injury

A serious worker injury at what was then an oilseed processing plant in Toronto will cost agri-food multinational Bunge $70,000 in provincial fines.

The Ontario government reported Friday that the company pled guilty to violating the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The charges stemmed from an incident on March 28 last year in which a tanker truck, being loaded with edible oil at the Bunge facility, rolled out of a loading bay with a worker still on top of the tanker trailer.

The worker, who was filling the tanker with oil at the time, fell 11.5 feet to a concrete floor where the raised tanker trailer’s wheels ran over the worker’s arm and leg, the province said.

Bunge Canada pled guilty to failing to take the “reasonable precaution” of having a system of signals in place for allowing tanker-trailer drivers to pull away from a loading dock, the province said Friday.

The fine, imposed last Tuesday by Justice John Cottrell, comes with a required 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, which goes toward the province’s fund to assist victims of crime.

The Bunge plant, on Weston Road in Toronto’s Stockyards district, has since been closed.

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