Brockville, ON - Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd., a New Brunswick maker of high-technology cables for energy and telecommunications, was fined $60,000 after a worker was injured.
On June 8, 2012, at the company's Prescott, ON, facility, a worker was cleaning a Jacket Line Extruder machine. In preparation to remove a pipe from the cooling unit, the worker disconnected the delivery and return hoses but did not open the pressure relief valve. As a result, when the worker removed the pipe from the cooling unit, hot water and steam burst out onto the worker. The worker suffered first and second degree burns.
Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the internal pressure of the pipe was adjusted to atmospheric pressure before the pipe was removed.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John Doran. 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.