Employer fined $42,340.85
Tab Labs Inc. in Langley, B.C. was fined $42,340.85 after one of its workers was seriously injured in the workplace.
On the day of the incident, the worker was clearing a jam from a packaging machine when the cutting blades activated, causing injury.
WorkSafeBC attended this firm's workplace in response to an incident. It found that the employer had not locked out the machine while the maintenance work was being done, and no written lockout procedures were available on site.
Also, two side guards at the point of operation on the machine had been removed.
WorkSafeBC issued a stop-use order for the packing machine.
“The firm failed to ensure machinery was adequately locked out, and that energy isolating devices were secured as required. Both were high-risk violations. The firm also failed to ensure machinery safeguards were not removed. These were all repeated violations,” according to WorkSafeBC.
Previously, an apprentice mechanic at Laval-based company Bleu Tech Montréal Inc., was killed in a pneumatic nail gun accident.
Also, Ontario-based DSI Underground Canada Ltd. was fined after one of its workers was injured from being hit by a cable.