A Manitoba employer has been fined after one of its workers partially amputated their finger.
The incident happened on October 24, 2017 at Fleet Brake Parts and Services Limited. The worker was cutting a portion of a metal bracket using a hydraulic shear press. The worker clamped the bracket in place with a hydraulic material lock bar, made the cut and then raised the lock bar in order to release the bracket.
One of their hands was on the top of the lock bar as it raised, pinching it and resulting in the partial amputation of a finger.
Fleet Brake Parts and Services Limited pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the shear press had safeguards on it to prevent workers from coming into contact with moving parts of the machine, and for failing to notify Workplace Safety and Health of a serious incident.
They were ordered by Manitoba Finance to pay $37,500 in fines and penalties for violations of The Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations.