Canadian Manufacturing

Roofing products manufacturer fined after worker hit by piece of flying metal

A plant worker was cutting a copper disc on an unguarded lathe and was injured by a metal fragment

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—A Montreal-based company has been fined $60,000 after a worker was injured by a flying piece of copper.

The incident happened at Lexsuco 2010 Corp.’s plant in the Toronto suburbs in May 2016. where the company makes commercial roofing products for both the Canadian and international markets.

According to the province’s Ministry of Labour, a worker was trimming a two-inch copper disc on a metal lathe when the cutting tool caught on the copper and tore a large piece of metal off the disc. The metal chip, also known as a swarf, hit the worker, causing injuries.

The spin area of the lathe was not guarded at the time of the incident, a violation of Ontario’s safety regulations.

Lexsuco was fined in a Mississauga courtroom last week.

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