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Fine results for steel firm from injury to maintence worker

Hamilton, ON -- Hamilton Steel GP Inc., a Hamilton, ON-based steel producer, was fined $150,000 earlier this year...


Hamilton, ON — Hamilton Steel GP Inc., a Hamilton, ON-based steel producer, was fined $150,000 earlier this year for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a maintenance worker was injured.

 

On January 11, 2007, at the company’s facility on Wilcox St. in Hamilton, a worker was completing maintenance work on a steel shear. A diverter table was installed on the shear using slings and an overhead crane.

 

When the crane was lowered and the slings supporting the table were slackened, the shear became unstable and it tipped onto the worker. The worker sustained shoulder, arm and leg injuries.

 

Hamilton Steel GP Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the shear was secured against falling or tipping after the diverter table was attached and the crane no longer supported the table’s weight.

 

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Don M. Stevely in the Ontario Court of Justice, Hamilton. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge on the total, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.