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Toronto fabricator fined after worker injured by lathe at Vaughan, Ont. plant

A temp worker suffered arm and leg injuries when polishing a metal plate using a lathe


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VAUGHAN, Ont.—A Toronto-based metal fabricator has been found guilty of violating Ontario safety rules for a 2015 worker injury at a manufacturing plant just north of the city.

The incident occurred at a Vaughan, Ont. plant owned by Drummond Metal Fabrication Ltd., formerly known as Repath Industries Ltd., and involved a metal-polishing lathe.

According to the Ministry of Labour, a temporary worker, who had started at the plant about a week earlier, was asked to polish a circular metal plate using the lathe, which had two rotating grinders. The worker was told to rig the plate to spin on rod, but lost control of the plate soon after applying it to one of the lathe’s grinders. The spinning plate touched the worker’s arm and caused a serious leg injury, the ministry said.

The company was found guilty of numerous violations in court last week, including failing to shield the machine and failing to provide proper protective equipment.

Earlier this year, a former supervisor at the company was fined $3,500 for the same incident.


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