Machine Guarding Liability

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MACHINE GUARDING: LIABILITY & CASES STUDY

Collins & Aikman Plastics Ltd. fined $80,000 for Health and Safety Violation

BROCKVILLE, ON, Oct. 5 /CNW/ – Collins & Aikman Plastics Ltd., a Scarborough, Ont.-based company that manufactures plastic components for the automotive industry at several plants including one in Gananoque, Ont., was fined $80,000 on October 4, 2004 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in serious foot injuries to an employee.

On December 13, 2002, a worker was attempting to clear a blockage in a press machine when the worker’s foot became trapped in a pinch point between a main body floor plate and a descending ejector plate at the rear of the machine. The worker suffered four crushed toes to the right foot. The incident occurred at Collins & Aikman Plastics Ltd.’s manufacturing plant at 900 Queen Street in Gananoque.

Collins & Aikman Plastics Ltd. pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to ensure the press was equipped with, and guarded by, a guard or other device that would have prevented access to the pinch point, as required by Section 25 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments. This was contrary to Section 25(1)(c) of the act. The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John Doran of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville. In addition, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Hunter Amenities International Ltd. fined $130,000 for Health and Safety Violation

GUELPH, ON, June 23 /CNW/ – Hunter Amenities International Ltd, a manufacturer of products such as shampoo for the hotel, resort and cruise line industry, was fined $130,000 today for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in an employee losing a leg below the knee.

On November 18, 2002, a worker was dumping a barrel of recycled soap into an open hole above an industrial mixing machine. While trying to tilt a partially empty barrel, the worker fell into the hole of the mixer, which was operating at the time. After the worker fell in, another worker had the machine shut down and locked out, but the worker’s right leg had been severed by the mixer. The worker was taken to hospital, where the right leg was amputated below the knee. The incident occurred at the company’s plant on York Street in Elora, Ont.

Hunter Amenities International Ltd. pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to ensure that the mixer/auger was equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevented access to the auger, as required by Section 24 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments. This was contrary to Section 25(1)(c) of the act.

A supervisor was also fined $8,000 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure that the mixer/auger was equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevented access to the auger, as required by Section 24 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments. This was contrary to Section 27(1)(a) of the act.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Avis Rodney of the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph. In addition, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

 

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