Brink fined for unsafe workplace

WorkSafeBC has hit Brink Forest Products Ltd. with a $37,639.56 fine for unsafe work practices.

The fine was levied on Oct. 4 in response to a July 3 inspection to see if the employer had completed a safeguarding audit and added new guards to the workplace.

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The inspector found the employer had done so but also came across some problems.

"During the inspection, I observed two separate safeguards that were left open," the inspector said in a report. "One safeguard gate was propped open with a garbage can and the other was flipped open."

"The employer corrected the violation immediately and I discussed with the employer and worker that the root cause of the violation must be investigated to ensure sustainability of compliance."

The inspector also found a safeguard on a third machine was not adequately constructed to ensure workers could not reach a hazardous part.

This was a repeated violation, WorkSafeBC said in a summary on its website.

Brink did not return an invitation to comment.

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