Commercial Bakery Fined $45K For Sifting Machine Injury

October 31, 2018

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Commercial Bakery Fined $45K For Sifting Machine Injury

A commercial bakery in Ontario was issued a fine totaling CAD$60,000 (about $45,500) by a provincial court on Oct. 23 for the firm’s role in a machinery-related injury, the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced last week. 

On June 13, 2017, a worker at the Give and Go Prepared Foods Corporation baked goods manufacturing plant in Brampton, ON was hurt while reaching into an operational sugar-sifting machine. The worker was pouring icing sugar into the sifting equipment as an auger at the bottom transported the material to an industrial mixer. When the worker attempted to move some sugar toward the operational auger, they became caught in the moving part.

The worker was later transported to an area hospital for treatment. An investigation into the incident determined that the machine lacked guarding to block access to the moving auger.

Give and Go Prepared Foods pleaded guilty to violating Section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that requires employers to make sure measures and procedures for worker safety are put in place and utilized and Section 24 of the Industrial Establishments Regulation that mandates guarding for hazardous equipment. 

According to the Ministry of Labour, the worker suffered permanent injuries as a result of the accident. The company was also ordered by the court to pay a 25% victim fine surcharge. 

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