Canadian Manufacturing

Cobourg company fined $70K after worker suffers critical injury

Belden Canada was fined a total of $87,500 after an employee was critically injured on the job

September 27, 2019  by CMO Staff

Belden Canada Inc. was fined $70,000, plus a $17,500 victim surcharge after a worker was critically injured while operating machinery at the company’s Cobourg, Ont. plant last year.

On February 15, 2018, a worker was working on a machine used to process wire.

While starting a machine, the worker became entangled in several loops of wire.

The machine had doors and a locking mechanism but no key or tool is required to open this lock; therefore it is not considered to be a fixed guard.


The worker called for help and was helped by co-workers until paramedics arrived.

Belden Canada, which produces and sells connectivity and networking products, entered a guilty plea to failing as an employer to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by the the Industrial Establishments Regulation were carried out in the workplace.

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