Irving Tissue Corporation/Les Papier Irving Incorporee, a company headquartered in New Brunswick, pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker suffered an injury while performing maintenance on a machine.
The incident took place at the company's paper production facility on Weston Road in Toronto on July 18, 2014.
The worker stopped the machine, which makes toilet paper, and changed the machine's perforating blades. The worked 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 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and was fined $50,000 by Justice of the Peace David R. Keilty in Toronto court on January 28, 2016.