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Wind turbine builder fined $60,000 after worker injury


October 7, 2016
By Ontario Ministry of Labour

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Oct. 7, 2016 – CS Wind Canada, a manufacturer of wind turbine towers, pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker was injured by moving components of a tower under construction.

On Nov. 4, 2014, a worker at the company facility in Windsor, Ont., was bending one of the “skirts” that, when connected together, form a wind turbine tower about 310 feet high.

During the bending operation, the worker stepped onto the bending machine and inside the rolled skirt to make final measurements prior to welding. The two ends of the skirt which were butted up against each other suddenly moved, trapping part of the worker’s body. The worker suffered multiple injuries.

The Ministry of Labour investigation found that the incident took place because the skirt in the bending machine was not blocked to prevent movement. This would have been a reasonable precaution under Section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which requires an employer to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to protect a worker, and was fined $60,000.

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.