Jeld-Wen of Canada Ltd. Fined $50,000 for Incident That Injured Worker at Plant

November 9th, 2010 by Editor

Jeld-Wen of Canada Ltd. was fined $50,000 on October 21 for a June 2008 incident in which an employee was injured at its manufacturing plant in Vaughan, Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Labor (OML) brought the fine against the company for the incident, which it said violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

According to reports from the OML, the worker was using a table saw to cut a piece of wood at the plant on June 3, 2008, when the incident occurred . The saw blade had a guard on it, but the saw would not make the required cut if the guard was left in place. A supervisor advised the worker to remove the guard to make the cut , according to the OML, and the worker’s hand made contact with the unguarded blade while making the cut, and the worker partially lost two fingers.

Jeld-Wen of Canada Ltd. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the table saw was equipped with a guard or other device to prevent access to its blade, according to the announcement.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Carol Seglins. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-percent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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