Hamilton company fined $50,000 after worker injured by grinder

    HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Kromet International Inc., operating as
Alumabrite Anodizing Ltd., of Hamilton, was fined $50,000 in the Ontario Court
of Justice following an incident in which a worker was injured by machinery.
    Justice of the Peace Paul A. Welsh imposed the fine after the company
pleaded guilty. The court heard that a worker was using a Three Head Grinder
at the company's manufacturing location at 20 Milburn Rd., Hamilton. The
machine uses brushes to apply a finish to aluminum parts such as refrigerator
door handles. On October 20, 2006, the worker attempted adjustments to the
machinery while it was operating. The worker's glove and hand became entangled
in a pinch roller, causing injury.
    A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the company had failed as
an employer to provide adequate information, instruction and supervision to
the worker about the safe operation of the grinder, 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.


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:    Ontario Court of Justice,
                 Courtroom 302
                 46 Main St., Hamilton, Ontario

    Judge:       Justice of the Peace Paul A. Welsh

    Date:        February 5, 2008

    Defendants:  Kromet International Inc.

    Matter:      Occupational Health and Safety Act


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For further information:

For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)
326-7405; Simon Heeney, Crown Counsel, Legal Services Branch, Ministry of
Labour, (416) 326-1359

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