Cuts, Burns, Broken Bones: Recent OHSA Fines

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An industrial accident in Napanee has led to a $50,000 fine for Strathcona Paper GP Inc., a New Brunswick-based paper board maker.

    In March 2013, workers were making paper at Strathcona’s Napanee plant when paper that had been threaded onto drums came apart. A worker removed a guard from a piece of equipment, so he could clear some paper. As he did, part of the worker’s equipment got caught in the pulley and struck the worker. He was cut in the throat and armpit.

    Strathcona pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a piece of moving equipment that may endanger a worker was equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the moving part. That is a violation of Section 24 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    Justice of the Peace Jack Chiang levied the fine Dec. 17, in Napanee’s Ontario Court of Justice.

Guelph parts company Blount Canada Ltd.has been fined $60,000 November 2012 accident in which a worker was burned by a blast of hot water and steam.

    A worker at Blount’s plant was being trained on the use of machines that smooth metal parts used in making chains for chain saws. During a training session, a screw was loosened and the worker was struck by hot water and steam, suffering burns to the abdomen and legs.

    Blount Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty in Guelph Ontario Court of Justice, to failing to ensure that a machine was shielded or guarded so that the product or material being processed or waste stock will not endanger the safety of any worker. That is a violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cutherbertson levied the fine, Dec. 11.

Process Group Inc., a Cambridge company, was fined $110,000 for a violation of Ontario’s A worker was injured in 2010, while dismantling equipment at a General Motors Transmission Plant.

    In October 2010, Process Group, which supplies engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services, was overseeing work at the GM plant in Windsor. The plant was being decommissioned and dismantled. Workers cut and separated a section of the conveyor, to gain access to a piece of equipment. As the last bolt was loosened, the conveyor section toppled over, hitting a worker and causing broken bones in a worker’s back and leg.

    A Ministry of Labour inspection found that no blocking had been installed to prevent the collapse or movement of the conveyor section being dismantled.

    After a trial, Nov. 12, Process Group Inc. was found guilty of failing as an employer to prevent the collapse or movement of part or all of a piece of equipment that is being dismantled, altered or repaired if its collapse or movement may endanger a worker.

    Justice of the Peace Michael Hurst levied the fine Dec. 2, at Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor.

Oakrun Farm Bakery Ltd., an industrial bakery in Ancaster, has been fined $60,000 for a violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

    A worker broke an arm while cleaning dough from a machine, in August 2012. The bagel production line had been stopped, but the conveyor system was left running, when the worker reached into the conveyor from below, to clean dough that had become stuck. A metal scraper broke and the worker’s arm was drawn in, between the conveyor belt and a pulley.

    Oakrun Farm Bakery had pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a machine, that may endanger the safety of a worker, was stopped before a worker cleaned the machine. Justice of the Peace Barbara J. Waugh levied the fine Dec. 3, in Hamilton’s Ontario Court of Justice.

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fines, in accordance with the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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