A Woodstock company has been fined $155,000 for an accident that killed at worker last January.
The worker was killed when a hook holding open a metal lid broke at a Tillsonburg plant run by Johnson Controls Automotive Canada LP, a manufacturer of foam seats for the automotive industry.
On January 29, 2013, the worker was performing maintenance on a metal mould. The worker had opened and raised the lid of the mould, which was held open by a J-shaped metal hook attached to an overhead electric hoist. While the worker was under the elevated lid, the hook broke in half. The lid struck the worker on the head; he was crushed between the lid and the lower section of the mould.
A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that no blocking devices had been used to prevent the elevated lid from closing while the worker was beneath it, contrary to Section 74 of Ontario Regulation 851 for Industrial Establishments and Section 25(1)(c) of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Johnson Controls pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that machinery, equipment or material that is temporarily elevated and under which a worker may pass or work was securely and solidly blocked to prevent the machinery, equipment or material from falling or moving.
Justice of the Peace Sonia Aleong imposed the fine in Woodstock Ontario Court of Justice.
A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fine, under the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.