TRENTON, Ont.—A steel fabricator has been fined for an injury at its manufacturing plant east of Toronto.
Fracan, a unit of Frazier Industrial Co., was convicted Nov. 22 of violating Ontario’s industrial safety act and fined $55,000. The incident took place in March of last year at the company’s fabrication site in Trenton, Ont.
According to the Ministry of Labour, a worker was using an overhead crane to move a bundle of 20 steel struts stacked and separated by wooden spacers. While using the crane and lifting chains to hoist the 2,600-pound bundle, the worker held onto the bundle to stabilize it. However, one of the outer steel struts moved inward, pressing against the next strut, and caused the worker a permanent crushing injury.
The province’s Industrial Establishments Regulation stipulates moving material with overhead cranes must not endanger any worker.