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Is Your Work Equipment Being Properly Maintained

So many of us go to work everyday...use the same machinery...and notice, "hey, you know, this isn't working completely right". A report is made to the employer, but time goes by, and since the machine is still "working", nothing is done by the employer to completely fix the problem. 

Unfortunately, when this negligence continues...the machinery becomes more and more unsafe, which can lead to a terrible work accident.

from news.ontario.ca 

A worker was performing regular duties at the workplace; the company is a cement producer. The worker went to a mill area to insert a heat blank into an inlet duct, a routinely-performed task. The inlet duct is positioned in close proximity to a dust collector screw conveyor.

While inserting the heat blank, the worker placed one leg on top of the screw conveyor. There is a rotating shaft that has a metal flag on it that passes a motion sensor; this flag is approximately 6 inches long. The worker's pant leg got caught on the rotating flag which pulled the worker's foot and leg into the area.

The screw conveyor was shut down and responders were sent to the worker's aid. The worker sustained multiple injuries to the foot and leg that required hospitalization.

The Ministry of Labour's investigation found that the screw area was not accessible since it was guarded. However, the rotating shaft with the metal flag was not guarded to prevent access to the moving part.

An unguarded moving chain...a slipping belt...something as small as this can lead to a very severe injury.

If you've been injured at the workplace, it's important that you're completely aware of your rights. Eric, Randy, and Sarah will sit down with you and go over your rights with you to ensure you get your proper compensation.

Call us at 515-225-4485 or visit us at Loneylaw.com.

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