Worker Fatality in Wood Drying Kiln Results in $225,000 Fine for Flooring Manufacturer

A worker died after becoming trapped in an operating wood drying kiln.

The defendant failed as an employer to ensure that a man door to kiln could be opened by a worker from inside the kiln once the door latched closed, and failed to ensure that the man door to kiln and its “anti-panic system” or door lock assembly were maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.These were an offence under section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which states that the employer “shall take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.”

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