Company, supervisor charged after worker’s fingers amputated

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The Country Ribbon Inc. chicken processing facility on East White Hills Road in Pleasantville. — File photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Country Ribbon Inc. and a company supervisor have been charged with safety violations in connection with a December 2009 incident in which an employee suffered the amputation of three fingers.

Service NL announced the charges today that come under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.

A news release notes the incident occurred at the company processing plant at Pleasantville in St. John’s where three fingers on one hand of a worker were amputated while he was cleaning a machine.

The company has been charged with three violations which relate generally to its alleged failure as an employer to ensure its workers, and supervisors were made familiar with hazards at the workplace. In addition, the employer failed to ensure that each piece of equipment was used according to safe work practices, and to ensure that hazards were effectively controlled prior to performing maintenance on equipment.

The supervisor has been charged with an alleged failure to provide proper written or oral instructions regarding precautions to be taken for the protection of all workers under his supervision.

The first appearance for both is scheduled for Jan. 12 at provincial court in St. John’s.

Organizations: Ribbon

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