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Wind turbine builder fined $60,000 after worker injury

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by DCN News Services

WINDSOR, ONT.—CS Wind Canada Inc., a manufacturer of wind turbine towers, pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker was injured by moving components of a tower under construction, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced.
Wind turbine builder fined $60,000 after worker injury

On Nov. 4, 2014, a worker at the company facility at 9355 Anchor Dr. in Windsor was bending one of the skirts that, when connected together, form a wind turbine tower that reaches about 310 feet high, indicates the MOL media statement.

During the bending operation, the worker stepped onto the bending machine and inside the rolled skirt to make final measurements prior to welding.

The two ends of the skirt which were butted up against each other suddenly moved, trapping part of the worker's body. The worker suffered multiple injuries.

The MOL investigation found that the incident took place because the skirt in the bending machine was not blocked to prevent movement.

This would have been a reasonable precaution under Section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The section requires an employer to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker, according to the decision by Justice of the Peace Susan Hoffman in Windsor court.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to protect a worker and was fined $60,000 on Aug. 18, 2016.

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