Atlantic Minerals Ltd., supervisor fined for workplace accident

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Atlantic Minerals Ltd. and a supervisor with the Corner Brook company have been fined for occupational health and safety violations.

CORNER BROOK  Atlantic Minerals Ltd. of Corner Brook has been ordered to pay a total of $21,000 in fines and contribute $2,000 to a safety awareness campaign as a result of an industrial accident that resulted in an employee losing a finger.

The accident happened at the company’s Atlantic Ready Mix facility in the Brake's Cove area of Corner Brook on June 7, 2011.

Ormsby Hann, who was the supervisor in charge at the time of the accident, was also fined $2,000 for failing to ensure the workplace was as safe as possible.

The worker's right hand was crushed when the press portion of a concrete block machine activated unexpectedly. The victim's hand injuries resulted in the surgical amputation of one finger.

In September, Atlantic Minerals Ltd. entered guilty pleas to three of the five occupational health and safety charges filed against it, while Hann pleaded guilty to one of the two charges against him. The remaining charges against both the company and Hann were withdrawn.

Neither the company nor Hann were present in provincial court for a facts and sentencing hearing Friday morning and were both represented by lawyer Jamie Merrigan.

Crown attorney Allison Manning read out the facts of the case, detailing how Hann had authorized the removal of a protective guard on the machinery that subsequently caused the injury.

Manning and Merrigan made a joint submission on sentencing, asking Judge Wayne Gorman to impose a fine of $7,000 for each of the company’s three violations and an additional $2,000 to be forwarded to the provincial government for an educational campaign about the importance of locking out dangerous industrial machinery.

The lawyers also agreed that a $2,000 fine was sufficient for Hann’s role in the accident. Merrigan stressed to Gorman that his client was extremely upset about what happened to the employee under his supervision.

Merrigan said Hann was a longtime employee with an exemplary safety record up to that point.

Gorman endorsed the joint submission, giving the company three months to pay its fines and Hann six months to pay his.

Organizations: CORNER BROOK Atlantic Minerals Ltd. of Corner Brook, Minerals Ltd.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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