OTTAWA — An Ottawa-based environmental remediation firm has been fined $100,000 for its role in a January 2018 incident in which a worker received a permanent critical injury after being caught in a moving conveyor.
The company was fined $100,000 by a justice of the peace in Ottawa court on May 9 following a guilty plea.
Clean Water Works in Ottawa provides environmental remediation services such as hazardous waste disposal, tank cleaning, contaminated soils and lagoon cleanings and plumbing and sewer rehabilitation services in multiple sectors.
On Jan. 18, 2018 a worker employed by the firm was assisting with the preparation of a liner designed for sealing leaks in sewer lines at the firm’s Bantree Street premises, stated a Ministry of Labour release.
The worker was pulled into the pinch point of an in-running nip hazard created by two rollers on a moving conveyor known as the wet-out plant conveyor and sustained critical injuries.
An investigation of the incident by the ministry concluded that Clean Water Works committed the offence of failing, as an employer, to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by section 25 of Ontario Regulation 851, the Industrial Establishments Regulation, were carried out in the workplace.
This was contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Specifically, the firm failed to ensure that the in-running nip hazard on the machine known as the wet-out plant conveyor was guarded by a guard or other device that prevented access to the pinch point.