Company fined $75,000 after worker injured making repairs to machine
Toronto – Metro Paper Industries Inc. has pleaded guilty and has been fined $75,000 under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker suffered hand injuries while doing repair work on a napkin-folding machine.
On September 15, 2013, the worker was conducting repairs on the machine located at the company’s plant at 111 Manville Rd. in Scarborough, ON. At the time of the incident, Metro Paper was a mid-sized business that manufactured paper products for foodservice, janitorial and retail customers.
The worker was conducting repairs on the machine and testing it by looking at the sensing pressure and using one hand to check if the tension arm had any vibration or heat. While pulling the hand off the tension arm, the worker’s hand was caught at a pinch point on the driving belt system. The worker sustained a broken finger and lost part of another.
The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide the worker with information, instruction and supervision on how to safely perform maintenance and/or test the operation of a machine, contrary to Section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The company was fined $75,000 by Justice of the Peace David R. Keilty in Toronto court on August 20, 2015.
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.