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Ontario manufacturing company fined for factory accident that left child dead

The accident happened in Linwood, Ont., where a child walking around a factory unaccompanied died after being crushed by a pile of bundled steel tubes that collapsed


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LINWOOD, Ont.—Ontario’s Ministry of Labour says a steel tubing manufacturer has been fined $150,000 for violations related to a factory accident that left a child dead.

The ministry says a worker was at J.M. Lahman Manufacturing Inc. in Linwood, Ont., with two children—one of whom was walking around the facility unaccompanied—in July 2017.

It says the child, whose age and gender were not disclosed, died after being crushed by a pile of bundled steel tubes that collapsed.

It says the ministry found that the bundles weren’t sufficiently secured, and the child should not have been allowed to wander around a factory unaccompanied.

The province says the company pleaded guilty to two labour violations.

It was fined $100,000 for permitting a person under the age of 15 to be alone in a factory, and $50,000 for failing to ensure that bundles of steel tubing were safely stored.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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