Court Bulletin - Cambridge company fined $55,000 after worker injured



    KITCHENER, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - A Cambridge maker of plumbing fittings
pleaded guilty and was fined $55,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice
June 17, 2008, in connection with an injury to a worker a year ago.
    Justice of the Peace R. Gay heard that the employee of Cello Products
Inc. was working at the company's 210 Avenue Rd., Cambridge, location on
June 6, 2007. The worker's hand was caught in the die area of a swedger
machine while cleaning a misfed part. The machine cycled and the die clamped
down on the worker's hand. The machine was in operation at the time of the
incident.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that there was a light curtain
on the machine but it had been set too high for the part being manufactured.
Also, the investigation found that the usual practice in the workplace was for
workers to put their hands through the light curtain to break the beam of
light in order to retrieve a misfed part. This was an unsafe practice and led
to the worker's injuries. Additionally, the investigation discovered the
worker had not been trained on the swedger machine.
    Cello Products pleaded guilty to failing to provide information,
instruction and supervision to a worker on how to remove a misfed part on the
swedger machine in a manner that did not endanger the worker. This was
contrary to section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
    In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine
surcharge on the total, 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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                        Court Information at a Glance
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    Location:       Ontario Court of Justice
                    77 Queen St., Ctrm No.101
                    Kitchener, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace R. Gay

    Date:           June 17, 2008, 11:30 a.m.

    Defendants:     Cello Products Inc.

    Matter:         Occupational Health and Safety Act

    Crown Counsel:  Alicia Gordon-Fagan

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