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Blount Canada fined $60,000 for injury during training

Worker suffered burns to the abdomen and legs from a bla1st of steam and hot water.


GUELPH, Ont. — Blount Canada Ltd., a manufacturer of replacement parts, equipment and accessories for the forestry, and lawn and garden markets, has been fined $60,000 after a worker was burned while being trained on a machine.

The violation of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act occurred on Nov. 15, 2012 when a worker at the company’s plant in Guelph, Ont. was being trained on Harperizers, which deburr metal parts used in the manufacture of chainsaw chains.

The worker loaded both of two barrels on the machine and ran it through its usual 30-minute cycle. At the completion of the cycle, the trainer checked the metal parts and determined they were bad. At the trainer’s direction, the worker added water and re-ran the cycle for an additional 30 minutes.

At the conclusion of the second cycle, the trainer opened the first barrel without incident. While opening the second barrel by removing the screws on a clamping bar, the worker was struck by a blast of hot water and steam. The worker suffered burns to the abdomen and legs.

Blount Canada pleaded guilty in Guelph court to failing to ensure that a machine was shielded or guarded.