BRANTFORD, ONTARIO — ITML Inc. was fined C$70,000 (US$46,900) for safety violations that injured a worker at the firm's Brantford facility in 1996.
Ontario's Ministry of Labour alleged the worker was removing flower pots jammed in a blow molding machine when his arm became caught on the machine's guillotine cutters. The worker's left arm was punctured and a bone in his arm was chipped.
Brantford Provincial Court ruled on the case July 13, finding ITML guilty of failing to guard the guillotine cutters on the blow molder, failing to ensure the interlock on the machine was in good order and failing to warn the worker of the malfunctioning interlock.
The court also found the firm guilty of not ensuring that the blow molding machine's motion was stopped before it was to be cleaned and of not ensuring that the worker knew the lockout procedure before operating the machine.
The court fined ITML C$30,000 (US$20,000) for the first count and C$10,000 (US$6,700) on each of the other four counts violating the province's Occupational Health and Safety Act.
ITML Vice President and part owner Kleis Hensen declined comment on the incident and fines. ITML specializes in injection and blow molding of thin-wall products.