Employers Fined for Death, Broken Arm

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High Strength Plates & Profiles Inc., a Mississauga company that processes high-strength plate and sheet steel, has been fined $110,000 in the death of a worker at its Lively operation centre.

In May, 2013, a new worker was engaged in material handling. Using a 15-ton overhead crane, the worker was moving a large steel plate weighing more than 7,800 pounds from a plate pile. The worker was using a remote-controlled device to operate a crane lift.

During the move, the plate became unstable and shifted. The worker was pinned and suffered fatal injuries.

High Strength Plates & Profiles Inc. pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that material required to be lifted, carried or moved were moved in such a way and with such precautions and safeguards as to not endanger the safety of a worker. The violations were under Occupational Health and Safety Act Section 25(1)(c) and Ontario Regulation 851/90 (Industrial Establishments Regulation) Section 45(a).

Justice of the Peace Pierre O. Leclerc passed sentence Aug. 28, in Ontario Court of Justice, Sudbury.

    No Guard on Machine; Worker’s Arm Broken

In a separate accident, a Tillsonburg company was fined $55,000 for an incident in which a worker’s hand was pulled into a machine. He suffered a broken arm.

Autoneum Canada Ltd., a company that manufactures noise reduction and heat shield components for vehicles, was sentenced Sept. 5 in Woodstock, by Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson.

Autoneum pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that an an in-running nip hazard or any part of a machine, device or thing that may endanger the safety of any worker was equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the pinch point. The charges fall under Occupational Health and Safety Act Section 25 (1)(c), and Ontario Regulation 851/90 (Industrial Establishments).

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fines, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

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