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Manufacturer fined $50,000 after worker injured while doing maintenance on press

Chatham, ON - KSR International Co., carrying on business as Dresden Industrial-Ridgetown, a maker of vehicle parts, was fined $50,000 on Dec. 14, 2011, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.


Chatham, ON – KSR International Co., carrying on business as Dresden Industrial-Ridgetown, a maker of vehicle parts, was fined $50,000 on Dec. 14, 2011, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On May 20, 2010, at the company’s facility in Ridgetown, ON, a worker was trying to fix a press that was not working. The worker entered the press to determine the problem and correct it. When the press started working again, it closed on part of the worker’s hand, injuring the worker.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker had not used a block to stop the press from moving.

KSR International Co., carrying on business as Dresden Industrial-Ridgetown, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the press had maintenance work preformed on it only after it had been blocked to prevent its movement.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Hurst. 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.