GM fined $325,000 over the death of a St. Catharines employee

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Published April 28, 2023 at 11:11 am

According to the ‘GM Authority’ website, an internal publication for workers, GM Canada has been fined $325,000 over the death of a St. Catharines plant worker in October 2021.

The worker, Daniel Sevcik, who had been working with GM for 47 years, died after falling three meter from a machine to concrete floor.

The cause of the man’s death had been kept quiet from the public and media until it finally landed in the Ontario Court of Justice where GM eventually pled guilty to failure to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) standards.

“Cases such as this, no dollar amount can in any way shape or form measure the loss of someone’s life,” Cameron Watson was quoted as saying. “Tragically and awkwardly these matters must have a quantification of a dollar amount. The dollar amount does not equate to a life.”

Earlier this year on Jan. 24, another worker in his 50s was seriously hurt after received “significant” crushing injuries to both his upper and lower body. At the time, he was working inside a machine at the plant. Details about the incident remain scarce.

The St. Catharines Powertrain facility has been in operation since 1954 and currently produces engine and transmission components for other GM assembly plants around the globe.

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