Canadian Company Fined 120K for Safety Mishap

Posted May 21, 2021 at 11:18 am

A linen, uniform and facility services company in Canada was recently fined $120,000 for an incident in which an employee was struck by a company vehicle in the parking lot.

In addition to the fine, the court also imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge as required by the Canadian Provincial Offences Act. The fine was from an incident in which an employee was struck by a company vehicle while walking through a parking lot toward an adjacent building. An investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development determined that lighting in the area outside the company’s building was inadequate and insufficient to ensure the safety of workers in the area.

Section 21 of Ontario Regulation 851/90 (the Industrial Establishments Regulation) requires that “where natural lighting is inadequate to ensure the safety of any worker, artificial lighting shall be provided and shadows and glare shall be reduced to a minimum.

TRSA has a library of educational webinars dedicated to plant and fleet safety, including “Driver Candidate Screening and Performance Monitoring,” “No Cell Phones: The Best Route to Ending Distracted Driving,” “13 Ways to Improve Your Safety Program,” “Best Practices for Safety Reporting,” “COVID-19 and Driver Safety,” “Empowering Employees to Develop a Culture of Safety,” “How Effective Fleet Safety Builds Your Bottom Line,” and more. Visit to view these webinars with your staff. TRSA also provides fleet safety training through its Business Solutions partner Haylor, Freyer & Coon. For more information on the program, click here or contact Vic Marchetti at

Additionally, fleet safety was one of many topics covered at the recent Human Resources, Health and Safety Summit, a two-day virtual event.

Topics that were presented and discussed during the event included:

  • Contractor Safety: Orientation & Training
  • Fleet Safety & Compliance: Is Your Driver Defensible?
  • Hot Topics in Employment Law
  • How Employee Engagement Impacts the Bottom Line
  • Promoting Healthy Discussion in the Workplace
  • Facilitated Small-Group Discussions: HR/Workforce Management
  • Facilitated Small-Group Discussions: Health & Safety

To view these presentations from the Human Resources, Health and Safety Summit, click here.