Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine

Genfry Enterprises Inc. a London, Ontario-based corporation doing business as New York Fries, was fined $26,000 for a worker injury.

The incident took place on June 2, 2012 in the cooking area of a New York Fries outlet, where a worker was cleaning a deep fryer located beside another fryer containing hot oil. The worker, who had dropped a cleaning cloth and was quickly reaching out to catch it, inadvertently came into contact with the fryer containing hot oil, causing burn injuries to the arm, a statement from the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) reported on August 1, 2013. The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a worker exposed to the hazard of injury with hot liquid was protected by safety equipment.

My opinion

Without knowing the actual section of the Ontario ‘Industrial’ regulation 851/90, section 45 (a) seems to apply,

. “Material, articles or things,

(a) required to be lifted, carried or moved, shall be lifted, carried or moved in such a way and with such precautions and safeguards, including protective clothing, guards or other precautions as will ensure that the lifting, carrying or moving of the material, articles or things does not endanger the safety of any worker.”

That time frame saw the MOL using section 25, subsection 1 (c) of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and it states,

“An employer shall ensure that,

(c) The measures and procedures prescribed are carried out in the workplace.”

Ensure your workplace is a safe place. Read the appropriate sections of the OHSA as well as the sector regulations that apply to your workplace. In this case, the ‘Industrial’ sector regulation certainly applies. If New York Fries had read the regulations they may have been aware of their responsibilities.

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’ 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 – Advanced Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.

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