Injury leads to $60,000 fine for aerosol manufacturer
By PLANT STAFFGeneral Manufacturing forklift manufacturing Safety
Worker and lift truck collide, inadequate warnings or safeguards in the area where the accident occurred.
NEWMARKET, Ont. — A worker injured by a moving lift truck has resulted in a $60,000 fine for an Ontario aerosol manufacturer.
A temporary staffer working at K-G Spray Pak in Vaughan, Ont. on May 24, 2018 was tasked with picking finished aerosol cans off the end of a production line and packing them into boxes placed on wooden pallets.
The worker used a manual pump truck to retrieve a stack of pallets from another location in the plant. While walking backwards, pulling the full pump truck behind while on the way back to the end of the production line, the worker was struck by a moving lift truck operating in reverse, heading in the same direction to pick up pallets of finished product.
An Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation determined that there were no barriers, warning signs or other safeguards at the end of the production line to protect workers from vehicle traffic.
K-G Spray Pak entered a guilty plea to failing to ensure the proper warnings or safeguards were in place, according to Section 20 of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The court also imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.