Worker Caught in Winding Spool: Company Fined

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Parker Canada Holding Co., a Nova Scotia company carrying on business as Parker Hannifin Canada, which manufactures tubing and hosing, has been fined $80,000 after a worker was injured.

In November 2012, at the company’s Fergus plant, a worker was using an extruder, which takes tubing up on a “bulk winder” spool. The tubing was not being wound evenly and the worker attempted to smooth it out by hand. A rod protruding from the spool caught the end of the worker’s shirt tail and pulled the worker down and around the spool several times. The worker was severely injured.

Exposed Parts Hazard

A Ministry of Labour investigation noted that the machine had exposed moving parts that would expose a worker to a hazard. There was no guard or other device that prevented access to the collar on the winder shaft.

Parker Canada Holding Co. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a machine with an exposed moving part that may endanger the safety of a worker is equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the moving part.

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fine, under the Provincial Offences Act.

Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson handed down the sentence June 27, in Provincial Offences Court, Guelph.

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