Excerpt from the government of Ontario’s ‘Newsroom’

IKO Industries Ltd., a Calgary-based roofing manufacturer, was fined $60,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On March 24, 2011, at the company’s Brampton facility, a worker was investigating a problem on one of the production lines that manufactures asphalt shingles. The worker placed a gloved hand on a sheet of asphalt that was being processed. The worker’s hand was pulled into a roller and exposed to a pot of tar. The worker suffered third degree burns.

IKO Industries Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the line’s rollers were equipped with a guard or other device to prevent access to the pinch point.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Hilda Weiss. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

My opinion

The law(s) in contravention:

IKO Industries Ltd. was found guilty of a contravention of section 25 of the Ontario ‘Industrial’ regulation 851/90 which states,

“An in-running nip hazard or any part of a machine, device or thing that may endanger the safety of any worker shall be equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the pinch point.”

There is a large section in the Ontario ‘Industrial’ sector regulation 851/90 which covers machine guarding. (Sections 24-39) The employer should have reviewed the regulation prior to any work being done. Their health and safety committee should have also completed periodic inspections of the area to determine if the regulations are being adhered to. Specialized training, if required, should also have been provided by the employer and all training materials MUST be reviewed by the committee yearly.

It is not just important for workers to be trained. It is also important for supervisors to ensure that the training meet the regulatory requirements. If they do not know the regulatory requirements then the employer is at fault under section 25, sub-section 2(c) which covers the importance of the employer hiring competent persons.

Remember – In Ontario, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

HRS Group Inc. has a great team that can help you with all your health and safety needs including ‘Due Diligence’, ‘Machine Guarding’ and ‘Standard Operating Procedures’. Contact Deborah toll free at 1-877-907-7744 or locally at 705-749-1259.

We can also be reached at info@hrsgroup.com

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Foundation Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.

225 comments on “Blog Post #483 – IKO Industries Ltd. Fined $60,000 after Worker Injured

  1. Pretty great post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve really loved browsing your blog posts.

  2. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.

  3. I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.

  4. I simply could not leave your website before suggesting that I extremely loved the standard info a person supply on your guests?

  5. Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what they are talking about on the internet.

  6. Pingback: Louise Hill
  7. I have been browsing online more than 3 hours lately, but I never discovered any interesting article like yours.

  8. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.

  9. Tremendous issues here. I’m very satisfied to see your post.

    Thank you a lot and I’m looking forward to touch you.

    Will you kindly drop me a mail?

  10. Pingback: Maureen Chamberlain
  11. Pingback: Charlie
  12. Pingback: Charles Hornung
  13. Pingback: Grant
  14. Pingback: Corrine
  15. Pingback: Ashley
  16. Pingback: Wayne Jenkins
  17. Pingback: Carol Greenfield
  18. Pingback: Victor Jameson
  19. Pingback: Zachary
  20. Pingback: Carol Greenfield
  21. Pingback: Cathy Awalt
  22. Pingback: Xander
  23. Pingback: Victoria
  24. Pingback: Michael
  25. Pingback: Marissa
  26. Pingback: Carol Greenfield
  27. Pingback: Wayne
  28. Pingback: Ashley McFarlane
  29. Pingback: Bianca
  30. Pingback: Marissa
  31. Pingback: Nicholas
  32. Pingback: Carol Greenfield
  33. Pingback: Linda Whitehead
  34. Pingback: Xavier
  35. Pingback: Shannon
  36. Pingback: Juanita
  37. Pingback: Michael
  38. Pingback: Wayne Jenkins
  39. Pingback: Hiram
  40. Pingback: Quinn
  41. Pingback: Zachary
  42. Pingback: Ashley McFarlane

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *