Southwest Glass Products Inc. Fined $50,000
April 2, 2012

An Ontario court recently fined Southwest Glass Products Inc. of Toronto $50,000 for an alleged violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) after a worker was injured, according to information from the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

According to the report, a worker was unloading glass sheets from a mechanized conveyor at the company's plant in London, Ontario, on September 9, when he stumbled and reached out to stop from falling. When he reached out, "the worker's hand made contact with a mechanized roller on the conveyor and was pulled around the roller," allegedly leading him to lose a finger and a tendon.

The Ministry of Labour alleges that the company had installed a guardrail in front of the conveyor but it had been removed by workers "to make their job easier." At the time of the incident there were no other protective devices to prevent workers from accessing the rollers on that part of the conveyor, according to the report.

Southwest Glass Products Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the conveyor was guarded to prevent access to its moving parts.

In addition to the fine, the company faces a 25 percent victim fine surcharge.

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