Parker Canada Holding Co. Fined $80,000 After Workers Injured
GUELPH, ON - Parker Canada Holding Co., a Nova Scotia company carrying on business as Parker Hannifin Canada, which manufactures tubing and hosing was fined $80,000 after a worker was injured.
On November 21, 2012, at the company's plant located at 925 Glengarry Crescent in Fergus, a worker was working at a tube/hose extruder, where tubing was being manufactured and subsequently being wound up on a spool known as a "bulk winder". The tubing was not being wound evenly and the worker attempted to smooth it out by hand. A rod protruding from the spool's shaft/collar caught the end of the worker's shirt tail and pulled the worker down and around the spool several times. The worker sustained a number of severe injuries and was immediately taken to hospital.
A Ministry of Labour investigation noted that the machine had exposed moving parts that would expose a worker to a hazard and there was no guard or other device that prevented the access to the collar on the shaft of the winder.
Parker Canada Holding Co. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a machine with an exposed moving part that may endanger the safety of a worker is equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the moving part.
The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson. 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
Provincial Offences Court
59 Carden Street
Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson
Date of Sentencing:
June 27, 2014
Parker Canada Holding Co.
Occupational health and safety
Ontario Regulation 851, Section 24
Occupational Health and Safety Act, Section 25(1)(c)