Brampton, ON - Agora Manufacturing Inc., a Mississauga, ON-based manufacturer of electrical enclosures, has been fined $60,000 for a violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On December 14, 2012, two workers were changing the bottom die on a large press used to bend sheets of metal. The workers slid the heavy die about half way out of the press and one worker pressed down on the overhanging edge of the die so the edge still in the press tilted upwards. As the second worker reached into the press to grab the die and lift it out of the machine, the press cycled and came down on the worker's hands. The worker lost several fingers.
Agora Manufacturing Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the press was properly guarded to prevent access to its pinch point.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Santino Spadafora. 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.