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Canadian Bank Note fined $75,000 after press machine injures worker

Ottawa, ON -- Canadian Bank Note Co. Ltd., a security printing company, was fined $75,000 on March 25, 2010, f...


Ottawa, ON — Canadian Bank Note Co. Ltd., a security printing company, was fined $75,000 on March 25, 2010, for a violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act that caused an injury to a worker.

On June 19, 2008, workers at the company’s plant in Ottawa were restarting a press machine. The machine has two hydraulically powered towers that come together to close the press. To restart the press, buttons on the inside of the towers had to be reset. A worker at the bottom of the towers opened the press slightly to get to the buttons. A second worker accessed the top of the towers by a catwalk to press one of the buttons. At the same time, a third worker at ground level pressed another button. This caused the press to start. The towers closed on the second worker’s hand, crushing fingers and fracturing the wrist.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the press was equipped with a start-up warning device. However this device did not sound when the press closed after being opened only a few inches.

Canadian Bank Note pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the press was equipped with an automatic start-up warning device that sounded when the press was being closed from all positions.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Brian Mackey. 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.