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Abitibi fined for OHS violation (September 12, 2006)


September 12, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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Abitibi-Consolidated has been fined $75,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted…
Abitibi-Consolidated has been fined $75,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in a fractured leg to a worker.

The incident took place at the company’s mill in Kenora, ON.

On March 16, 1005, a worker was operating a pallet truck in order to move a cutting device. When the pallet truck was stalled on a ramp, another worker attempted to push it up the ramp with a forklift. At this point the worker driving the pallet truck lost control and a handle used to operate the truck swung around, pinning the worker’s leg against a battery pack case on the truck, fracturing the worker’s left leg.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the method used to move the pallet truck did not follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedure, and that the worker driving the pallet truck was not properly trained to operate it.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker.

Abitibi was recently fined a smaller amount for an incident that took place at its mill in Thunder Bay.