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When a Company Doesn't Enforce Safety Rules, Accidents Will Happen

Too many employers feel that the best safety policy is "just to have a policy"...but never have any intention of actually enforcing it.


A southwestern Ontario pig farm has pleaded guilty to violating Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was permanently injured by a pressure washer.

The incident occurred in December 2015 at Nanticoke, Ont.'s Paragon Farms, a partnership between Great Lakes Pork Inc. and Ontario Management Group Inc.

According the Ministry of Labour, the worker tripped while carrying a running portable washer spray gun into a stall. Stumbling, the worker dropped the gun and was sprayed in the face with water at an estimated pressure of 2,000 to 2,300 psi. The worker was taken to hospital for treatment, but sustained a permanent injury as a result of the accident.

The province said the pressure washer's trigger was kept in the open position by a plastic zip tie.

While Paragon had both a personal protective equipment policy and a pressure washer safety policy in place at the time of the incident, the investigation found the company did not actively enforce its rules around wearing safety glasses while pressure washing or preventing the equipment's trigger to be forced open.

We hear this all the time...oh, there was a policy in place, but it was never enforced. If it's never enforced, then why even have the policy? When policies are ignored, workers are put at a great risk, and accidents...and injuries...will occur.

If you've been injured while on the job, you need to know that you have rights...rights that protect you and your family...rights that ensure you'll receive your full compensation for injuries suffered while working.

Eric, Randy, and Sarah are here and ready to help you get you your full and rightful compensation. We know how to handle arrogant employers who feel that they can skate through this process without ever being held accountable for their negligence.

We fight for you...for your rights. Call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485.

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