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Ancaster bakery fined for industrial accident

An Ancaster bakery has been fined $60,000 after an employee suffered a broken arm while attempting to clear a blocked production line.

On August 13, 2012, the bakery at 58 Carluke Rd. W., was processing dough on a  bagel production line when the line stopped.

A worker reached into the conveyor from below to clear dough that had become stuck. The worker was using a metal scraper, which broke under the force the worker was using.

The conveyor system was left running; however, and the worker’s arm was drawn into an unprotected pinch point between the conveyor belt and the bottom of the machine’s idler pulley. The worker required surgery to repair a broken arm.

Oakrun Farm Bakery Inc. pleaded guilty in Hamilton court to failing to ensure that motion on a machine that may endanger the safety of a worker was stopped before a worker cleans the machine.

The fine of $60,000 was imposed by Justice of the Peace Barbara J. Waugh on December 3, 2013.

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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