Ajax, Ont. meat plant fined $82,500 for workplace accidents

Separate incidents in 2014 and 2015 resulted in two workers losing parts of their hands.

WHITBY, Ont. — A meat processing plant in Ajax, Ont., has been fined more than $82,000 for workplace accidents that caused two employees to partially lose their hands.

An Ontario court justice handed down the fines on May 19 to D&S Meat Products Ltd., which operates as Elite Meats.

The first incident took place in 2014 when a worker lost part of a hand while trying to load frozen blocks of meat into a grinder machine.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the company had not installed a guard to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machine.

The ministry also found the company failed to establish safety protocols or train a worker on how to safely operate part of a grinder, resulting in that staff member losing part of a hand in a separate incident in 2015.

The company pleaded guilty to offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and will pay $82,500 in fines.

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