The Independent October 31, 2013 : Page 1
Vol. 1, Issue 9 Petrolia man loses foot after on-the-job accident Ministry of Labour investigating at Soft Surface Heather Wright The Independent The Ministry of Labour is investigating after a worker at a Petrolia manufacturing facility was injured on the job. Word of the incident which happened nearly three weeks ago is just coming to light because The Independent questioned the Ministry of Labour about the accident. William Lin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour says on Oct. 9 the ministry was “notified by the OPP of an incident at Soft Surfaces Inc.” on Tank Street in Petrolia. “While cleaning a piece of equipment a worker was injured when the his foot was caught by a moving press,” says Lin adding Thursday, October 31, 2013 Heather Wright The Independent Mark Hunter’s other hockey job Heather Wright Photo Coach Mark Hunter urges one of the Petrolia Midget Reps players on during a game Monday in Alvinston. The owner and general manager of the London Knights worked with the minor hockey association to arrange a schedule to allow him to coach his son’s team. Strike looms at Clean Harbours Heather Wright The Independent Workers at Clean Harbours on Petrolia Line could soon be walking the picket line. The 77 members of Local 9-14 of Unifor have voted in favour a strike after turning down a contract from the company last week. Unifor Local 9-14 Representative Glen Sonier says the workers, who do everything from operate the heavy equipment at the hazardous waste landfill to lab work to general maintenance could be off the job as early as midnight Nov. 4. The workers, who went on strike two years ago, have similar concerns, says Sonier. “One of the issues we’re looking at is benefits. We had them in the collective agreement and then Clean Harbours went to a company plan and it has been costly (for the workers).” the worker “sustained a serious injury.” Sources tell The Independent the right foot of 31-year-old man was amputated due to the injures. Lin says the injured worker is a temporary worker employed by Express Personnel. The Ministry went to Soft Surface on the day of the accident to begin the investigation. Lin says several orders were issued to the company to deal with guarding equipment and floor conditions. Orders were also issued to Express Personnel “related to training of hazards in the workplace.” Lin says the investigation is continuing and “part of the investigation is to make sure the orders have been complied with.” Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the ministry has up to one year to lay charges in a workplace accident but Lin says at this time it is too early to say if charges are warranted in this case. “Much too early to speculate if charges will be laid,” he told The Independent. “Investigators are looking to see if there were violations of the health and safety laws…and there will be a full and thorough investigation to determine what lead to the incident.” Your eyes are not deceiving you. The coach behind the bench of the Petrolia Midget Reps team is a hockey dad; but this is not just any hockey dad. This is NHL veteran and owner/general manager of the London Knights, Mark Hunter. And right beside him, another former NHLer, Bobby Gould. Hunter, whose day job is managing the operation of London’s Junior A team, took on the volunteer job with his son’s team this year. “I’ve always been involved in minor hockey,” Hunter told The Independent. “It’s the grass roots of hockey; I really enjoy working with the kids. “I enjoy it,” says Hunter “you wouldn’t do it if you didn’t enjoy it. You build relationships with the players, you’ll remember them and they’ll remember you for the rest of their lives.” Of course taking on the extra hockey job has taken a little maneuvering. Hunter – who played 12 years in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with Calgary, says Petrolia Minor Hockey was “good enough” to move around the schedule to allow him to be a part of the Rep team. Home games are on Sunday night, so Hunter doesn’t miss games and the team practices late at night, usually on Monday, so he can make it. SEE HUNTER Pg 5 Workers at Clean Harbours ready to strike Monday. The union is also opposing the company’s push for “American-style” drug and alcohol policies. “That would be random and pre-employment testing…but in Canada it is illegal,” says Sonier. Sonier says the union is open to more talks but none were scheduled at press time. $ 4219 Oil Heritage Road, Petrolia 519-882-1090 • www.macfarlanechev.com LEASING IS BACK!! (that's right you do not have to make your 1st payment ...We do for you!) PLUS $1000 Lease Cash right now on 2014 Chevy Cruze!! 0 Down Security Deposi t Due on Delivery First Months Paymen t Limited Time Only For a.... Email us at customer .email@example.com fo r a quote or to book a test drive toda y .