May 5, 2017

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Cement Firm Fined $36.5K After Worker Injured by Conveyor
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A Canadian cement maker was ordered to pay CN$50,000, or about $36,500, in fines for its role in an April 2016 incident where an employee was critically injured by a screw conveyor at the firm’s Picton, ON facility, Canada’s Ministry of Labour announced Friday.

The worker was injured at the Essroc Canada Inc. site while inserting a heat blank into an inlet duct, which was located near a dust collector screw conveyor. In the process of putting the heat blank in, the worker placed a leg on top of the screw conveyor and the leg became trapped on a metal rotating flag, pulling the worker’s foot and leg into the machine.

Suffering multiple injuries to the foot and leg after the screw conveyor was shut down, the worker was hospitalized as a result of the incident.

The Ministry of Labour’s investigation determined the screw area was not accessible because of guarding present, but a lack of guarding on the equipment’s rotating shaft with the metal flag allowed the worker access to the moving part.

Essroc was charged with violating health and safety rules concerning exposure of moving parts that may endanger workers. The court also ordered a 25% victim fine surcharge to assist victims of crime.

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