North Bay, ON — Xerium Canada Inc., a supplier and repairer of rolls used in papermaking machines, was fined $60,000 in October 2009 following a machine guarding incident.
In March 2008, workers at Xerium’s North Bay facility were repairing a machine used to mix bonding liquid. In the process, the workers cut power to the machine and removed protective guards covering the machine’s drive shaft. However, when the workers failed to replace the guards before turning the machine back on, moving parts snared one worker’s sleeve.
Xerium pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the machine’s driveshaft and gears were guarded to prevent access to their pinch points, a violation of O. Reg. 851, section 25.