Injury to worker results in fines for Toronto manufacturer
A worker received a permanent injury while assessing a sugar-filling line at the company's industrial facility in Scarborough, Ontario.
Prior to the accident date, the employer had installed temporary perimeter fencing around the sugar-filling line as an interim measure while a long-term guarding solution was being designed and manufactured by a third-party engineering company.
On the date in question, the worker did not turn off the agitator which was attached to the hopper for the sugar-filling line before moving the temporary perimeter fence.
The worker placed a hand on a moving drive belt which drew the hand into a pinch point between the drive belt and the agitator pulley and caused the injury.
The employer failed to adequately ensure that measures and procedures were taken to avoid an in-running nip hazard for the worker in accordance with the act and regulation.