Machine accident results in $50,000 fine
Stratford, ON -- Dura Automotive Systems (Canada) Ltd. of Stratford, Ont., has been fined $50,000 in the Ontario Co...
Stratford, ON — Dura Automotive Systems (Canada) Ltd. of Stratford, Ont., has been fined $50,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice for a failure to shield and guard equipment, resulting in an injury to an employee.
The incident occurred Dec. 22, 1999, when workers on a shift at the company had to string an extrusion machine. This entailed feeding a wire strand from a feed coil at one end of a machine, through a series of belts and rollers, to a capstan at the other end of the machine. As two workers at the feed coil fed the strand along, a loop in the wire closed over the fingers of a worker at the capstan, injuring the worker’s hand.
The judgement was because the extrusion line was not shielded or guarded so that the product being processed would not endanger the safety of a worker, contrary to S.26 of the Regulation for Industrial Establishments under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.