From Canada NewsWire
BROCKVILLE, Ontario — Collins & Aikman Plastics Ltd., a Scarborough, Ont.-based company that manufactures plastic components for the automotive industry, was fined $80,000 on Oct. 4, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in serious foot injuries to an employee.
On December 13, 2002, a worker was attempting to clear a blockage in a press machine when the worker’s foot became trapped in a pinch point between a main body floor plate and a descending ejector plate at the rear of the machine. The worker suffered four crushed toes to the right foot. The incident occurred at Collins & Aikman Plastics Ltd.’s manufacturing plant in Gananoque, Ontario.
Collins & Aikman Plastics Ltd. pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to ensure the press was equipped with, and guarded by, a guard or other device that would have prevented access to the pinch point, as required by Section 25 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John Doran of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville. In addition, the court imposed a 25 percent 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.
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