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Sawmill fined for injuries to millwright

Timmins, ON -- Tembec Industries Inc., of Montreal, Que., a forest products company which owns and operates a sawmi...


Timmins, ON — Tembec Industries Inc., of Montreal, Que., a forest products company which owns and operates a sawmill in Timmins, Ont., was fined $125,000 on March 18, 2004, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in arm and shoulder injuries to an employee.

On February 4, 2003, a millwright was pouring oil on a hoist chain of a stacker — a machine which stacks finished lumber — when the millwright was struck by the stacker’s carriage — a steel frame which carries lumber onto a hoist. The carriage pinned the millwright against a steel beam.

At the time of the accident, the millwright was standing on a box that housed the stacker’s hoist chain, and the stacker was in operation. The millwright suffered a fracture to the right upper arm bone and a large puncture wound to the shoulder area.

An Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation found the stacker operator couldn’t see the millwright and didn’t know where the millwright was at the time of the accident. The ministry determined there was no communication system in place to ensure the stacker operator knew at all times where the millwright was when the millwright was working near the stacker.

In addition, it was determined that other technical means of oiling the stacker could have been devised so that the millwright would not have needed to be in close proximity to moving parts.