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Rieger Printing Ink Company Limited fined $45,000 for health and safety violation

Press release from the issuing company

BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 27 - Rieger Printing Ink Company Limited, a Concord, Ont.-based manufacturer of ink used by the industrial sector, with a plant in Burlington, was fined $45,000 on September 26, 2005 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act that resulted in serious arm injuries to an employee. On May 5, 2004, a worker was attempting to clean a mixer shaft of an ink mixing machine when the worker's arm became entangled in the shaft. The incident resulted in broken bones in the worker's arm. A Ministry of Labour investigation determined the mixing machine was rotating at the time of the incident which occurred at the company's plant at 3410 Mainway Drive in Burlington. Rieger Printing Ink Company Limited pleaded guilty, as an employer, to failing to ensure the mixer shaft was cleaned only when motion that could endanger a worker had stopped and that any stopped part had been blocked to prevent its movement, as required by Section 75 of the Regulations for Industrial Establishments. This was contrary to Section 25(1)(c) of the act. The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace William Phipps of the Ontario Court of Justice in Burlington. In addition, 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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