A workplace injury in January 2022 caused Parallel Wood Products Ltd. in Williams Lake a WorkSafeBC fine of $30,171.
WorkSafe BC imposed the administrative penalty on April 14, 2022 after investigating an incident in which a worker was seriously injured while trying to free a board stuck in the feed roll section of a planer.
It was determined that it was common practice in the workplace for workers to stop the feed rolls using control switches on the operator’s console, which does not disconnect or n physically isolates the power source for power roles, WorkSafeBC said in a news release, noting that there was no written safe work procedure requiring “de-energizing and locking out machines before clearing jams,” which is considered a high-risk violation.
WorkSafe BC determined that “the company also failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of their workers. This was a repeat violation.
When contacted by the Grandstandplant manager Mike Deausy declined to comment.
Yesenia Dhott, government and media relations manager for WorkSafeBC, said the maximum penalty that can be imposed in 2022 is $710,000.
Penalty amounts are generally based on the employer’s payroll and the nature of the violation, she said, adding that penalties can be greater depending on several factors, whether a high-risk violation, whether there were circumstances that could be considered intentional or whether the employer has received a sanction for a similar situation within the last three years.
Parallel Wood Products Ltd. manufactures finger-jointed lumber and has been in Williams Lake since 2002.