Company fined $50K after worker’s arm gets pinned by machinery

Monday September 26, 2016
Written by Ontario Ministry of Labour
Sept. 26, 2016 - Bailey Metal Processing has been fined $50,000 after a worker was injured by machinery.

On April 8, 2015, a worker was testing equipment at the Bailey Metal Processing establishment in Burlington, Ont. The equipment malfunctioned and the worker attempted to fix the malfunction and accidentally activated the equipment, which resulted in the worker’s arm being pinned and injured.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour investigated and found that the equipment had not been checked to find out if it was operational, and the electrical source was not locked out as prescribed by section 76 of Regulation 851, R.R.O. 1990, Industrial Regulations, which requires that machine controls be locked out and precautions taken to prevent the starting of a machine that may endanger a worker.

Bailey Metal Processing pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000. In addition to the fine, 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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-1 #2 Mike Gourd 2016-09-29 06:59
Agreed! Common sense is not so common anymore.
This is what we can expect from a society that gets it's moral guidance from the legal profession.
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+1 #1 Larry Pope 2016-09-28 16:15
As always the company is punished for the careless actions of an employee. Lack of common sense regarding one's own safety (like making sure a machine is off) never enters into the discussion.
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