Poorly-maintained electrical interlock costs Food Directions $60,000
By Anthony Capkun
July 19, 2012 – Food Directions Inc., a Scarborough, Ont.-based pasta manufacturer, was fined $60,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health & Safety Act after a worker was seriously injured in March 2009 when his arm was caught in a mixer’s moving blades.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found the mixer’s electrical interlock switch—a device to stop the blades from moving when the mixer was open—was not maintained in good condition. Food Directions Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the electrical interlock switch was maintained in good condition.