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Blount Canada Ltd. Fined $60,000 After Worker Suffers Burns

Web posted on December 11, 2013

Guelph,- Blount Canada Ltd., a manufacturer of replacement parts, equipment and accessories for forestry, lawn and garden in Guelph, has been fined $60,000 for a violation of Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On November 15, 2012 a worker at the company's manufacturing plant at 505 Edinburgh Road North in Guelph was being trained on the use of machines known as Harperizers. The machines deburr metal parts used in making chains for chain saws.

The worker loaded both of two barrels on the machine and ran it through its usual 30-minute cycle. At the completion of the cycle, the trainer checked the metal parts and determined that they were bad. At the trainer's direction, the worker added water and re-ran the cycle for an additional 30 minutes.

At the conclusion of the second cycle, the trainer opened the first barrel without incident; the worker began to open the second barrel by removing the screws on a clamping bar. As the second screw was loosened, the worker was struck by a blast of hot water and steam escaping from inside the barrel. The worker suffered burns to the abdomen and legs.

Blount Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty in Guelph court to failing to ensure that a machine was shielded or guarded so that the product or material being processed or waste stock will not endanger the safety of any worker.

The fine of $60,000 was imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cutherbertson.

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.