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Friday August 19th, 2016

Posted at 3:28pm

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CS Wind Canada Inc., pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker was injured by moving components of a wind tower that was under construction.

The accident happened on November 4th, 2014, when a worker at the company facility was bending one of the ‘skirts’ that, when connected together, form a wind turbine tower about 310 feet high.

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 Ministry of Labour investigation found that the incident took place because the skirt in the bending machine was not blocked to prevent movement.

The investigators say that this would have been a reasonable precaution under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which requires an employer to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to protect a worker, and was fined $60,000 by Justice of the Peace Susan Hoffman in Windsor court on August 18th, 2016.

In addition to the fine, 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.

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