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SAFETY DRYDEN MILL GUILTY OF SAFETY VIOLATIONS


August 6, 2001
By Pulp & Paper Canada

DRYDEN, ON – In late May, the Dryden pulp and paper mill pleaded guilty to four breaches of the Ontario Workplace S…

DRYDEN, ON – In late May, the Dryden pulp and paper mill pleaded guilty to four breaches of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. The mill had been charged with 19 offences under the Act, taking place between 1997 and 1999. Fines totalling $174 000 were levied. The fines were split between Bowater Pulp and Paper Canada, a former owner of the mill, and Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, present owners. The companies also agreed to each pay $40 000 in contributions to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) for programs to promote workplace safety. As a result of the ruling, the Dryden mill, which had won the Safest Mill in Canada Contest (sponsored by PULP & PAPER CANADA) in 1997 and 1998, Class A, has been stripped of the award. Abitibi-Consolidated’s Fort Frances, ON, mill, and Kimberly-Clark’s Terrace Bay, ON, mill, Class A runners-up in 1997 and 1998 respectively, are now recognized as the winners of the contest for those years.

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