Think about all the things you do everyday at work...the things you do without even thinking about it...the things you do that after taking a step back, could prove to be actually quite dangerous.
A company in the business of manufacturing paper packaging products, pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker was injured by a paper-bag-making machine.
On December 10, 2013, a worker at the company's workplace was working as a machine operator, replacing another worker on leave. The worker observed a build-up of glue on the roller assembly of the lamination section of the bag-making machine. The worker was using a metal scraper and a rag to clear the build-up and was wearing cotton gloves at the time. While attempting to scrape off the build-up of glue from one of the rollers, one hand was caught and pulled into the in-running nip created by two rotating rollers on the machine. The worker was able to activate the emergency pull cord located in the immediate area and stopped the machine. The worker was then able to pull the hand free.
Emergency Services arrived at the workplace and transported the worker to the hospital.
The worker fully recovered and suffered no lasting impairment.
The investigation determined that the machine was not guarded as required to prevent worker access to the rollers and in-running nip hazards.
So many times, an employee is subject to dangerous working conditions without them even being aware of it. Maybe it's a mentality of "that's how the company does it" or "we've never had a problem before", but that's no excuse when it comes to worker safety.
There are risks in any job, and accidents, unfortunately, will happen...and when they do, it's important for you to know that you have rights! Eric, Randy, and Sarah have been fighting vigorously for injured workers for over 30 combined years...and are ready to do the same for you!