Commercial refrigerator manufacturer fined $65,000 after worker injured
August 22, 2014 - QBD Cooling Systems Inc., a Brampton, Ont.-based manufacturing facility for commercial refrigerators, has been fined $65,000 after a worker was injured by machinery.
On March 25, 2013, a worker was injured while performing a task on a thermoforming machine, which heats a plastic sheet and presses it against a mould to fabricate a part.
The incident involved making sure a new mould was in correct alignment or position in the machine. The worker entered the machine from its front gate while the machine was powered. The worker closed the safety gate in order to enable machine motion. Another worker, standing at the control station to control machine motion, assisted by following instructions from the worker inside the machine.
While the worker was inside the machine, a clamp above the worker unexpectedly began to move and clamped down on the worker. The worker suffered bruising and other injuries to bones and an organ. A Ministry of Labour investigation followed.
By law, motion that may endanger a worker must be stopped and parts must be blocked to prevent movement whenever a part of a machine is being adjusted, repaired or maintained.
QBD Cooling Systems Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a part of the machine was stopped and blocked to prevent movement, and was fined $65,000.
Source: Ministry of Labour