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Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd. Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured

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Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd. Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured

Ministry of Labour

BROCKVILLE, ON - Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd., a New Brunswick maker of high technology cables for energy and telecommunications, was fined $60,000 after a worker was injured.

On June 8, 2012, at the company's Prescott, Ontario facility, a worker was cleaning a Jacket Line Extruder machine. In preparation to remove a pipe from the cooling unit, the worker disconnected the delivery and return hoses but did not open the pressure relief valve. As a result, when the worker removed the pipe from the cooling unit, hot water and steam burst out onto the worker. The worker suffered first and second degree burns.

Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the internal pressure of the pipe was adjusted to atmospheric pressure before the pipe was removed.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John Doran. 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

Location:                    

Ontario Court of Justice

41 Court House Square

Brockville, Ontario
                                   

Judge:                         

Justice of the Peace John Doran

                                   

Date of Sentencing:

June 12, 2014


Defendant:

Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd.


Matter:                       

Occupational health and safety

                                   

Conviction:                

Ontario Regulation 851, Section 78(1)(a)

Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c)

                                               

Crown Counsel:

Mike Nicol

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