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Kitchener nails supplier convicted in printing plate mishap

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Kitchener nails supplier convicted in printing plate mishap

KITCHENER, ONT. — Kitchener, Ont.-based steel nails manufacturer THS Industries Ltd. has been convicted and fined for its role in a January 2018 incident in which a worker was seriously injured while installing a printing plate on a printing machine.

The incident occurred at the company’s facility on Manitou Drive in Kitchener.

According to a Ministry of Labour report, the worker was installing a rubber flexible printing plate on the Automatic Flexo Printing machine at the workplace.

A co-worker was operating the controls of the machine and could not see the worker who was on the other side of the machine.

The first worker became pinned between two rollers of the machine while it was operating and received critical injuries as a result of the incident.

A ministry inspection revealed that the injured worker had not received adequate information, instruction and supervision on how to safely operate the printing press.

Section 25(2)(a) of the Occupational Heath and Safety Act states that employers must ensure that workers receive adequate information, instruction and supervision to protect the worker. THS Industries Ltd. was found by a Kitchener justice of the peace to have breached that section of the act.

The ministry reported that the defendant has a prior conviction with an offence date of April 13, 2016. In that incident, a machine was found to be unguarded.

The ministry placed a stop work order on the machine; however, the machine was used before the ministry lifted the stop work order.

No one was injured. The company was fined $20,000 in 2017.

For the recent infraction, THS Industries pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000.

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