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Roofing manufacturer fined after worker pulled into laminator, seriously injured

I.G. Machine & Fibers pleaded guilty to violating the province's safety rules in a Brampton courtroom Jan. 9


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BRAMPTON, Ont.—An Ontario manufacturer that makes shingles and other roofing products has been slapped with a $65,000 fine for a serious worker injury at its Brampton, Ont. facility.

I.G. Machine & Fibers Ltd. pleaded guilty to a health and safety violation and was sentenced in a Brampton courtroom Jan. 9.

The incident happened in August of 2016 and involved a worker operating a laminator machine I.G.’s Orenda Road plant. The lamintor automatically feeds asphalt and fiberglass materials through large rollers to produce membranes for commercial roofs.

According to the Ministry of Labour, a worker was adjusting the materials being fed into the machine when both the worker’s arms were pulled between the rollers, leading to critical injuries.

An investigation determined the machine has been guarded by an anti-nip bar, but that the safety equipment had been removed at the time of the incident. The province’s health and safety rules stipulate all such pinch points must be guarded.


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