Sunday, November 23, 2014

Resolute given fine

Resolute FP Canada Inc., carrying on business as Resolute Forest Products Canada, has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured at a paper mill in Fort Frances.
On Nov. 29, 2012, three workers were moving a 44,000-pound, 22-foot-long stack roll to a paper machine.

The workers used two forklifts to place the stack roll onto a designated cart to bring it into the mill.
Once inside, another forklift was hooked to the front of the cart using a sling.
One worker operated the forklift pulling the cart while two others walked along the cart to guide it.
To pass through a hallway about eight feet wide, it was necessary for the two workers to manually push and pull on the stack roll.
On one side was a concrete wall and on the other was a set of steps and a steel column.
As the cart moved forward, a wheel hit the column, causing the stack roll to move and pinch the arm of one of the workers who had been pushing on the roll.
The worker suffered a crushed arm and wrist.
The Ministry of Labour investigated and concluded that Resolute Forest Products failed as an employer to ensure a stack roll was moved in such a way, and with such precautions, as to ensure the moving the roll did not endanger the safety of the worker.
The company pleaded guilty and was fined $55,000 by Justice of the Peace Tom Logan.
In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-percent 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.

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