Investigation continuing into injury at Windsor mold maker

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Canadian authorities are investigating an incident in which a worker’s foot got caught in a machine at Crest Mold Technology Inc. in Oldcastle, Ontario.

The injured man, 21, is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries following the July 23 incident.

“He is having surgery on his foot,” plant manager Joe Caba said in a telephone interview on July 25. “I’m not sure of the extent of the injury. I had been told there were possible fractures and lacerations but I haven’t spoken to the injured party. He’s being cared for now.”

The victim’s boot got caught in a factory machine, according to a report from CTV Windsor.

The Ministry of Labour learned about the incident at 12:30 p.m. July 23 and dispatched an inspector to the scene, according to Bruce Skeaff, spokesman for the agency.

“The inspector issued four orders,” Skeaff said in an email. “One order related to providing information, instruction and supervision to workers; one order related to the employer providing information to the ministry about a worker’s injury; one order was regarding cleaning, oiling, repairing or maintaining a machine; and the last order was a related stop work order attached to the order regarding cleaning, oiling, repairing or maintaining a machine.”

The investigation is ongoing, Skeaff added. The stop work order only refers to the machine involved in the accident.

Founded in 1987, Crest Mold makes precision injection molds for customers in the automotive, recreation vehicle and electronics industries. Crest’s tools have been used to make components for model trains, plumbing fixtures and plastic bullets for the Department of Defense.