Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd. Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured, Loses Fingers
BARRIE, ON - Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd. of Bradford West Gwillimbury, a cheese manufacturer with facilities located near Schomberg, was fined $60,000 after a worker was injured and lost two fingers while operating a machine.
On January 10, 2012 workers were operating the moulding unit of a machine known as the stretching machine. The machine began to malfunction as the moulding unit became repeatedly clogged with cheese. The machine was powered down and maintenance was performed to address the problem. The machine was then restarted. However, the moulding unit continued to clog. A worker reached into a discharge chute to manually clear the clog and the worker's fingers were caught in a pinch point inside the machine, resulting in the amputation of two fingers.
The Ministry of Labour investigated the incident and concluded that Silani Sweet Cheese had failed as an employer to ensure that the moulding unit of the stretching machine was equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device to prevent access to the pinch point. Silani Sweet Cheese pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $60,000.
The fine was imposed by the Honourable Justice Jon-Jo Douglas. In addition to the fine, the court 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.
Court Information at a Glance
75 Mulcaster Street
Judge: Justice Jon-Jo Douglas
Date of Sentencing: August 26, 2013
Defendant: Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd.
Matter: Occupational Health and Safety
Conviction: Ontario Regulation 851
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Crown Counsel: Shantanu Roy