Brampton Employer Fined After Worker Injured

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A Brampton employer has to pay a penalty after a worker suffered permanent injuries while operating a machine.

M & P Tool Products Inc. pleaded guilty in court earlier this week, receiving an $80,000 fine plus a 25 per cent victim surcharge.

The industrial company produces metal parts which are used in the construction of racking structures and the Regan Rd. workplace contains several industrial presses used by employees to create various metal parts.

The incident took place on February 23, 2016, involving a temporary employment agency worker who started at the company’s manufacturing facility in December 2015.

The worker - who wasn’t trained or told how to safely use the brake press or adjust the machine’s light curtain - was asked to make storage racking beams with a machine that’s used to bend and manipulate sheet metal.

Right before operating the machine, the worker watched a colleague use it for five minutes.

The same worker got two fingers caught in the pinch point between the dies and the metal being bent.

The Ministry of Labour investigated the incident, concluding M & P Tool Products failed to provide information, instruction and supervision to the worker with respect to the safe operation of the Accurpress brake press.

New and young workers in Ontario are more likely to be injured during the first few months on the job than other workers, and are three times more likely to be injured during their first month on the job than at any other time, according to the province.

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