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Frazier Industrial fined for worker injury at Trenton, Ont. steel plant

A worker suffered a permanent crushing injury while using an overhead crane to move a bundle of steel struts


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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.


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