Auto Glass Manufacturer Fined $50,000 for OSHA
Violation, Injured Worker, at Ontario Plant
November 4, 2010
Pilkington Glass of Canada Ltd. in Toronto was fined $50,000 this
week for a March 2009 incident that violated the Occupational Health
and Safety Act and injured a worker, according to information from
the Ontario Ministry of Labor (OML).
According to the OML, a worker was inspecting windshields on a
conveyor belt at the company's manufacturing plant in Collingwood,
Ontario, on March 23, 2009, when he dropped a roll of stickers under
the conveyor belt and reached to pick them up.
"The worker's hand was caught and injured between parts of
the conveyor and a damaged guard," writes the OML.
An OML investigation following the incident found that the guard
was damaged and did not prevent access to the moving parts of the
conveyor, according to the recently released report, and Pilkington
pleaded guilty "to failing to replace or repair the damaged
In addition to the fine, the company must pay a 25-percent victim
fine surcharge, which "is credited to a special provincial
government fund to assist victims of crime."
At press time, Pilkington officials had not responded to request
Earlier this year, a Pilkington employee passed
away after an injury at the company's automotive glass plant
in Shelbyville, Ind. According to company officials, the deceased,
Kelly Caudill, was "severely injured while undertaking a maintenance
operation at the plant and died later in the hospital." As
of October 1, the incident was being investigated by both the Indiana
Department of Labor and the company. At press time, the results
of neither investigation had been released.
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