Employer fined $90,000 plus surcharge
Coreslab Structures (ON) Inc. was fined $90,000 after one of its workers was injured from contact with a cutting machine.
Following a guilty plead, a provincial offences court in Hamilton also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act, to be credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
The incident took place on Aug. 3, 2018, when the worker attempted to operate a shear machine to cut rebar.
The worker lifted a shield to hold the rebar in position. When the worker activated the shear machine a clamp closed, resulting in injuries.
“Section 25 of the Industrial Establishment Regulation (Regulation 851) requires an in-running nip hazard or any part of a machine, device or thing, that may endanger the safety of any worker shall be equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the pinch point,” according to the Ontario government.
“As such, the defendant failed to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 25 of the regulation were carried out in the workplace, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.”
Earlier this year, Tab Labs Inc. in Langley, B.C. was also fined for a similar incident.
In the U.S., the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited El Paso, Texas company D&D Manufacturing Inc. for multiple violations after a worker suffered the amputation of two fingers inside a 500-ton hydraulic press.