Health & Safety
Irving Tissue fined $50,000 after worker injured
By Cindy Macdonald
Irving Tissue Corp. pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker suffered an injury while performing maintenance on a machine that produces bath tissue.
The incident took place at the company’s paper production facility on Weston Road in Toronto on July 18, 2014.
According to the Ministry of Labour, the worker stopped the machine and changed the perforating blades. The worker noted that dust had accumulated under the anvil heads of the machine. The worker used one hand to remove dust from under one of the anvil heads when the anvil head came down. The worker’s hand was freed from the machine with the assistance of a co-worker and supervisor. As a result of the incident, the worker suffered injuries to the hand.
A Ministry of Labour investigation determined that at the time of the incident the anvil head was not blocked to prevent its movement while maintenance work was being performed, and that the cleaning and maintenance procedures for the machine did not include the use of blocks.
The company pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that safety procedures were carried out as required, and was fined $50,000.