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Use of inappropriate eye bolt results in injury to mine worker

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Barrie, ON — Jebco Industries Inc., a Barrie manufacturer of metal products, was fined $70,000 on January 28, 2010, for a violation under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after a worker was injured.

On January 17, 2008, a Jebco worker was working on the door of a mining skip, a device used to bring mined material out of a mine, at Jebco’s former facility in Innisfil, ON. A chain from a crane was used to keep the door open. The eye-bolt that attached the chain to the door broke. The door abruptly closed on the worker, causing pelvis fractures and broken fingers.

An Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation found that the eye-bolt used was not appropriate for the type of lifting used on the skip door.

Jebco Industries Inc. pleaded guilty under the OHSA of failing to provide information, instruction and supervision about the use of an eye-bolt to protect the worker.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Dennis D. White. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% 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.