A Thompson-based company has been fined $124,000 by the province after a worker suffered a permanent eye injury while working on an elevated scissor deck.
The worker was employed by Vale Canada Limited when the incident occurred on April 30, 2016. Workplace Safety and Health says the worker was pumping liquid grout into holes through a pressurized polyethylene hose when it ruptured, spraying two workers the face with liquid grout.
The grout entered one of the worker’s eyes and no emergency eyewash facilities were nearby, resulting in a permanent eye injury.
“In December 2018, the employer pleaded guilty to failing to ensure emergency eyewash equipment was readily available to its worker while operating and working in close proximity to the CG-542 Rock Bolt and Cable Grouter,” the province said in a release. “The employer was ordered to pay $124,000 in fines and penalties.”