Toronto: Waynco Limited of Cambridge, Ontario, an aggregates company, was fined $110,000 after a worker was fatally injured after being struck and pinned by rock crushing equipment.
The incident happened on December 8, 2017, and the company was convicted on June 10, 2019.
Following guilty pleas, Justice of the Peace Charles Anderson fined Waynco Limited $110,000 in Cambridge provincial court. The court also imposed a 25% 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.
On December 8, 2017, a worker was using a Pioneer crusher to break down pieces of aggregate while another worker operated a loader.
The crusher received aggregate from the loader in a large steel frame called a grizzly deck. Occasionally, aggregate material has to be removed manually from the grizzly deck to prevent the machine from jamming.
As the loader approached the grizzly deck, the worker operating the loader saw that it was not closed, preventing access by the loader. Upon investigating the delay, the loader operator found the body of the crusher operator under the grizzly deck.
A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that the crusher had an unguarded pinch point. The investigation also found that the lowering lever for the grizzly deck was not functioning properly and would stick in the lowered position. A prop bar, used to hold the grizzly deck up during cleaning operations, was not in place and the machine had not been de-energized.
Waynco Limited failed as an employer to ensure that before any work was done on a machine that it was stopped, all hydraulic, pneumatic or gravity stored energy was dissipated or contained, and that energy isolating devices were engaged, locked and tagged.
Continuous Colour Coat fined $70,000 after worker injured
Continuous Colour Coat, a manufacturer of coated metal products in Rexdale, was fined $70,000 after a worker was injured while cleaning a piece of machinery that was not properly guarded.
The conviction came on June 12, 2019.
On April 10, 2018, a worker was cleaning the metering roll of a coater machine. The metering roll was cleaned while the machine was live, running in reverse mode. Once cleaned, the metering roll was inspected for defects by the worker.
While inspecting the metering roll, the worker’s hand was drawn between the roll and a paint tray, causing injuries.
A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that a guard was not in place at the time the worker was injured.
$60,000 fine for aerosol manufacturer
K-G Spray-Pak of Vaughan, was fined $60,000 after a worker was injured after being struck by a moving lift truck being operated in reverse.
On May 24, 2018, a temporary staffing agency worker was assigned the task of picking finished aerosol cans off the end of the plant’s line #1 and packing them into boxes placed on wooden pallets. To prepare for this task, the worker used a manual pump truck to retrieve a stack of pallets from another location in the plant.
While walking backwards, pulling the full pump behind while on the way back to the end of Line #1 the worker was struck by a moving lift truck which was being operated in reverse, and which was also heading to the end of Line #1, to pick up pallets of finished product. The worker suffered injuries as a result.
A Ministry of Labour investigation into the incident determined that there were no barriers, warning signs or other safeguards in that area of the plant (the end of Line #1), to protect workers from vehicular traffic.