Resolute Forest Products fined $500K for worker’s death in northwestern Ontario

By Darren MacDonald
CTV Northern Ontario
December 15, 2023
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada East

IGNACE, Ontario — Resolute Forest Products has been fined $500,000 for the 2022 death of an employee who was killed while trying to repair machinery at the company’s Ignace Sawmill. On March 28, 2022, an industrial electrician was attempting to repair a photo-eye on a debarking machine. “Before the electrician attempted the repair, they worked with a maintenance team to lock out the machine according to the company’s written lockout procedure,” the Ministry of Labour said. …However, it emerged that the company’s lockout procedure was inadequate and failed to identify all sources of power. As the worker began to make the repairs, he positioned himself in a gap between the machine’s infeed roller gears. “The rollers slowly and unexpectedly moved, trapping and fatally injuring the worker,” the release said. …The company was convicted Nov. 28 in provincial offences court in Dryden. In addition to the $500,000, the company must also pay a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge.

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