Firm Fined $61K After Worker Gets Caught in Extruder

October 22, 2018

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Firm Fined $61K After Worker Gets Caught in Extruder

Plastic piping manufacturer Uponor Infra Ltd. was issued a fine of CAD $80,000 (about $61,000) by an Ontario court after the company pleaded guilty to charges of violating workplace safety laws, the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced in a recent press release. 

A worker was injured at the firm’s Huntsville, ON plant on Mar. 25, 2017 while operating an extruder that formed piping. After pipes inside of the machine started slipping off of internal tracks, a supervisor ordered the worker to climb atop the operational equipment to clean the tracks. A sleeve on a garment the worker was wearing became trapped in a rotating drive draft, drawing the person into the machinery.

Investigators from the Ministry of Labour said Uponor Infra lacked machine guarding to prevent access to moving parts inside of the extruder, and did not adhere to its own lock out/tag out policies for cleaning and maintaining equipment. 

First responders removed the man from the machinery and he was treated for several months for critical injuries. 

The company was found to have violated Section 75 of Ontario Regulation 851 (the Industrial Establishments Regulation), requiring operators to stop movement and block access to dangerous parts when machines are undergoing maintenance or cleaning, and Section 25(1)(c) of the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. 

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