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Worker suffers electrical burns; ThyssenKrupp/supervisor fined $171,000


November 23, 2011
By Alyssa Dalton

November 23, 2011 – ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc., carrying on business as ThyssenKrupp Hearn Division, a provider of warehousing, packaging and transportation services, has been fined $160,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act after a worker was injured. Don Hearn Jr., a supervisor, was fined $11,000 in relation to the same incident.

On February 25, 2009, a worker was doing electrical upgrades at the company’s warehouse on Sprucewood Ave. in Windsor, Ont. As the worker was removing conductors from an electrical panel, a bare conductor touched the side of the electrical panel, causing an arc flash. According to the Ministry of Labour investigation, the individual sustained serious electrical burns.

The company and Hearn were both found guilty of failing to ensure that the electrical panel was disconnected, locked out and tagged prior to work being done on it.

In addition to the fines, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.