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Stanley Canada Inc. fined $100,000 for health and safety violation

Perth, ON -- Stanley Canada Inc., carrying on business as Stanley Mechanics Tools, a Burlington-based company that...


Perth, ON — Stanley Canada Inc., carrying on business as Stanley Mechanics Tools, a Burlington-based company that operates a plant in Smiths Falls, Ont., where tool boxes and tool chests are manufactured, was fined $100,000 on July 15, 2003, for a violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in serious hand injuries to an employee.

On January 15, 2002, a press set-up operator was making adjustments to a press and had switched off the motor when the press unexpectedly cycled and closed on the worker’s left hand. The worker lost part of the hand.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found the press was not stopped and blocked to prevent movement prior to the adjustments being made. The incident occurred at Stanley Canada Inc.’s plant in Smiths Falls.

Stanley Canada Inc. pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to ensure that motion that may endanger a worker was stopped and blocked to prevent subsequent movement before adjustments were made to the back stops in the die area of the press, as required by Section 75 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments. This was contrary to Section 25(1)(c) of the act.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Rene Proulx of the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth. In addition, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.