Worker shocked, Transgear Manufacturing fined $150,000
By Alyssa Dalton
September 4, 2012 – Linamar Holdings Inc., carrying on business as Transgear Manufacturing, a Guelph car part manufacturer, has been fined $150,000 after a worker was injured from a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
On May 20, 2009, a worker at the company’s facility in Guelph was trying to determine the cause of a leak in a machine and opened the cage surrounding the machine and went into the enclosed area. The worker had not been told the area contained exposed parts that were electrically charged. The worker’s head came into contact with a charged part of the machine, causing electrical shock and burns.
The company was found guilty of failing to provide information about the presence of electrically charged exposed parts in the enclosed area of the machine. The court also found the company failed to provide information, instruction and supervision to a worker on the safe procedure for dealing with a leak.
The fine has been imposed, along with a 25% victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.