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Machine that killed worker should have been guarded: MOL


August 28, 2015
By Ontario Ministry of Labour

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Aug. 28, 2015 – Plastic bottle manufacturer CRS Plastics was fined $100,000 for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed by a machine that should have been guarded, according to the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) investigation.

On March 29, 2014, a temporary worker was removing plastic bottles from the end of a blow mould machine at the CRS facility located at 140 Hanlan Road in Vaughan, Ont. The investigation found that the machine had a moving part that should have been guarded, however that guard had broken and was missing while it underwent repairs. The worker came into contact with the moving part of the machine and was fatally injured.

CRS Plastics pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a machine with a moving part that could endanger a worker was equipped with a guard to prevent access.

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.