Company and supervisor fined $171,000 after worker injured

Saturday November 26, 2011
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc., carrying on business as ThyssenKrupp Hearn Division, a provider of warehousing, packaging and transportation services, was fined $160,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Don Hearn Jr., a supervisor, was fined $11,000 in relation to the same incident.

On February 25, 2009, a worker was doing electrical upgrades at the company's warehouse on Sprucewood Ave. in Windsor. As the worker was removing conductors from an electrical panel, a bare conductor touched the side of the electrical panel, causing an arc flash. The worker sustained serious electrical burns.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the electrical panel was not disconnected from the power source, locked out or tagged before the work started.

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc., carrying on business as ThyssenKrupp Hearn Division, was found guilty of failing to ensure that the electrical panel was disconnected, locked out and tagged prior to work being done on it. Don Hearn Jr. was found guilty of the same.

In addition to the fines, the court imposed a 25 percent 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.

www.ontario.ca/labour

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