Bakers Journal

Oakrun Farm Bakery fined $60,000

December 6, 2013
By Bakers Journal

Dec. 6, 2013, Hamilton, ON – Oakrun Farm Bakery
has been fined $60,000 for a violation of Ontario's Occupational Health and
Safety Act after a worker broke an arm while cleaning dough from a machine.

On Aug. 13, 2012, the bakery was processing dough on the bagel production
line when the line stopped. The conveyor system was left running.


A worker reached into the conveyor from below to clean dough that had become
stuck. The worker was using a metal scraper, which broke under the force the
worker was using. The worker's arm was drawn into the unprotected pinch point
between the conveyor belt and the bottom of the machine's idler pulley. The
worker suffered a broken arm and required surgery.

Oakrun Farm Bakery, located in Ancaster, Ont., pleaded guilty 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.

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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