Company Fined $75,000 After Worker Injured in Mississauga

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A company is facing a substantial fine after a worker was injured in a conveyor belt incident in Mississauga.

According to the Ministry of Labour, K-G Spray-Pak Inc., a manufacturer and packager of aerosol products, is facing a $75,000 fine in connection with the incident.

The province says the incident occurred at the company's 7550 Kimbel St. location on June 12, 2017.

The ministry says a worker who was on a work placement through Sheridan College was assigned to complete 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.

According to the ministry, when worker looked down to retrieve dropped pliers, their hair became caught in a rotating return shaft on the underside of the conveyor and the worker suffered injuries.

The victim was taken to hospital.

"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," the ministry says.

"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.'"

The province says the company failed to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 75 were complied with.

Following a guilty plea, the company was fined $75,000 by Justice of the Peace Helena Cassano.

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.

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