Prysmian Canada fined $60,000 after worker injured
By Anthony Capkun
June 18, 2014 – Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd.—a maker of energy and telecom cables—was fined $60,000 after a worker at the company’s Prescott, Ont., facility was injured.
According to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, in June 2012, the worker was cleaning a jacket line extruder machine. While preparing to remove a pipe from the cooling unit, the worker disconnected the delivery and return hoses but did not open the pressure relief valve. As a result, when the worker removed the pipe from the cooling unit, hot water and steam burst out. The worker suffered first- and second-degree burns.
Prysmian pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the internal pressure of the pipe was adjusted to atmospheric pressure before the pipe was removed. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25% victim fine surcharge, which is credited to a provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.