McKeown Contracting Fined $60,000 After Worker Loses Arm
OTTAWA, ON - McKeown Contracting, a business that provides a variety of contracting services for residential and commercial customers, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker lost an arm in a conveyor.
On August 16, 2013, a worker was adjusting a feeder belt on a soil screening conveyor at the McKeown Contracting workplace at 2878 Stagecoach Road in Ottawa. The adjustment was being performed while the belt was running; the worker's arm was pulled into the conveyor and severed.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that a lock-out procedure was not in place at the time of the injury as required by law. A lock-out procedure ensures that workers do not have access to moving parts until all motion has stopped, and that any motion that can re-start and endanger a worker is disabled. As a matter of course the worker adjusted the belts while they were running.
McKeown Contracting, operating as 1092066 Ontario Inc., pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the conveyor was cleaned, adjusted, repaired or had maintenance work performed on it only when motion that may endanger a worker had stopped. The company was fined $60,000 by Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault in Ottawa.
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
Ontario Court of Justice
100 Constellation Crescent
Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault
Date of Sentencing:
October 9, 2014
McKeown Contracting operating as 1092066 Ontario Inc.
2878 Stagecoach Road
Occupational health and safety
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Regulation 851 (Industrial Establishments Regulation)
Section 75(a) and (b)