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Monday, June 11, 2012

Printing Company Fined $60,000 After Worker Injured

     You may feel compelled to double-check that your presses are equipped with adequate safety guards after the Ontario Court of Justice (St. Catharines) imposed a fine of $60,000 on Friday on American Color Graphics Inc., an American printing company carrying on business as Vertis Communications, for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
     The violation resulted in an injury to a summer student’s hand in a printing press at the company's facility in Stevensville, Ontario, in August 2010.  A subsequent investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Labour found that the area of the press where the worker's hand was drawn into the rollers was protected by a guard, but that the guard was inadequate to prevent access to the press’s pinch point.
     In addition to the $60,000 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.