Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. was fined $140,000 for each of two incidents at its Thunder Bay production facility.
On Sept. 20, Justice of the Peace John Guthrie accepted the company’s guilty pleas and levied the fines, which will have a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge added.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that on April 2012, a worker was changing a part on a mechanical tube bender at Bombardier’s Montreal Street plant. A part on the device needed to be loosened. The procedure caused a switch to engage and become energized, crushing one of the worker’s fingers. It was later partially amputated.
Bombardier pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that an exposed moving part on the bender machine was equipped by a guard or other device, and was fined $140,000 for that incident.
In the same workplace, in July, 2012, a worker came into contact with a live electrical conductor. The young worker, who was also a relatively new employee, was not wearing any rubber gloves or using any protective equipment. He suffered injuries to his hand and arm. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker was not provided with any instructions about the use of personal protective equipment.
Bombardier pleaded guilty for failing as an employer to ensure that the worker used the protective equipment prescribed by law. The company was fined $140,000 in the second case.
The charges were prosecuted under the Provincial Offences Act, for violations of Section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.