Car Company Fined $65,000 for Assembly Line Incident


A worker at a car company’s assembly plant was performing tasks along a chain-driven conveyor. He noticed part of the production line was running in slow mode rather than at the normal production mode. To prevent stalling or a shut-down, he reached under the line to press the re-set button while the line was still in operation. One of his arms got trapped between the moving line and the stationary power platform and was fractured in multiple places, requiring surgery. The car company pleaded guilty to a lockout violation and was fined $65,000 [Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., Govt. News Release, Nov. 21, 2014].