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Workers drink windshield washer fluid—employer fined $175,000!


February 15, 2013
By Anthony Capkun


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February 15, 2013 – You’re not going to believe this! Brewers Retail Inc.—the Ontario company that owns and operates beer stores in Ontario—was fined $175,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed. Here’s how it went down:

On April 8, 2012, two workers were washing the exteriors of trucks and trailers at The Beer Store Distribution Centre located at 69 First Gulf Boulevard in Brampton. That afternoon, one of the workers found a liquor bottle filled with blue liquid. The bottle contained methanol windshield washer fluid, though it still had a liquor label on it. The two workers both drank from the bottle, and one took the bottle home and finished it. That worker later died from methanol poisoning.

The employer, Brewers Retail Inc., pleaded guilty to failing to acquaint a worker with a hazard in the handling, storage or use of a liquid chemical agent.

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