Wood treater fined for safety violations

WorkSafeBC has fined a local wood treating business over violations related to safeguarding and lockout.

Northwest Wood Treaters Limited Partnership was issued a $14,221.28 penalty after a worker was found feeding steel banding into a lumber strapping machine without locking out the machine.

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"A lockout procedure was in place but it failed to accurately reflect the operation of the machine's hydraulic system," the agency said in an online posting.

As well, at an incisor machine, a bolt on a guard had been removed and the guard had been swung to within close proximity to the machine, potentially exposing workers to the hazardous components.

"The firm's failure to ensure that machinery or equipment was locked out before maintenance work was done was a repeated and high-risk violation," the agency said.

The fine was imposed on Jan. 3.

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