Conveyor Injury in Mississauga Results in $75,000 Fine
K-G Spray-Pak Inc., a manufacturer and packager of aerosol products, has been convicted on the 16th of October, 2018 from an incident that took place on June 12, 2017 when a worker was injured after being caught in a conveyor belt. This accident occurred at the company’s plant at 7550 Kimbel street, Mississauga, Ontario.
Following a guilty plea, the company was fined $75,000 by Justice of the Peace Helena Cassano in Mississauga; Crown Counsel Judy L. Chan.
The court also imposed a 25-per-cent 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.
A worker who was on a work placement through Sheridan College was assigned to a task on a conveyor.
After completing the task, the worker reached under the conveyor to cut off the ends of the tie straps being used to secure hosing.
The worker looked down to retrieve dropped pliers; in doing so, the worker's hair became caught in a rotating return shaft on the underside of the conveyor and the worker suffered injuries. The worker was taken by emergency services to hospital for treatment.
Section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires an employer shall ensure the prescribed measures and procedures are complied with.
Section 75 of the Regulation for Industrial Establishments states that "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."
K-G Spray-Pak failed to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 75 were complied with, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the OHSA.