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Ontario firm fined over injury at Concord ready-mix concrete plant

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by Journal Of Commerce

614949 Ontario Ltd. was fined $60,000 under the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that a conveyer was suitably guarded. A worker was injured in May, 2009 at a ready-mix concrete plant when removing debris from the frame of a conveyor.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour announced this week that a numbered company was fined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act as a result of an injury sustained by a worker at a ready-mix concrete plant.

Justice of the Peace Asad Malik of the Ontario Court of Justice imposed a fine of $60,000 on 614949 Ontario Ltd., which was found to be in violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that a conveyer was suitably guarded. On May 19, 2009, a worker employed by 614949 Ontario Limited was removing debris from the frame of a conveyor at a plant in Concord, north of Toronto, owned by Toronto Redi-Mix. The worker slipped and fell. The worker's hand and arm became entangled between the conveyor belt and a roller, which caused severe arm and shoulder injuries.

The relevant law is Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulation 851/90, which applies to industrial establishments.

Section 25 of the regulation states: "An in-running nip hazard or any part of a machine, device or thing that may endanger the safety of any worker shall be equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the pinch point."

Section 75 states: "A part of a machine, transmission machinery, device or thing shall be cleaned, oiled, adjusted, repaired or have maintenance work performed on it only when, (a) motion that may endanger a worker has stopped; and (b) any part that has been stopped and that may subsequently move and endanger a worker has been blocked to prevent its movement."

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