MISSISSAUGA — A Montreal-based firm that manufactures and distributes commercial roofing products throughout North America and Europe has been fined $60,000 after a worker at a Mississauga jobsite was injured by a piece of flying copper.
Lexsuco 2010 Corporation was fined March 6 for an incident that occurred at its workplace on Orlando Drive in Mississauga on May 31, 2016.
An Ontario Ministry of Labour statement outlined that a worker employed by Lexsuco in the company’s Mississauga facility was trimming a large copper disc on a lathe. The worker was spinning the disc to create a flashing hub approximately two inches in length. This hub would be used to connect flat roof drains to downspouts.
As the worker was attempting to trim the outer edge of the disc with a cutting tool, the cutting tool caught on the copper, tearing a large piece of copper off the copper disc. called a swarf. The swarf hit the worker, who suffered injuries, the statement said.
The subsequent ministry investigation found that, at the time of the injury, the spin area on the lathe was not guarded or shielded to protect the worker as required by the Industrial Establishments Regulation (Ontario Regulation 851/90).
With a Justice of the Peace presiding in a Mississauga courtroom, Lexsuco pleaded guilty to the offence of failing, as an employer, to ensure the procedures prescribed by section 26 of the regulation were carried out in the workplace, contravening section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The company failed to ensure the lathe was shielded so that the material being processed did not endanger worker safety.