Guarding Violation Costs Greenhouse $40,000

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A farm labourer was clearing plant debris from a greenhouse. Old vines and strings had been placed on tarps between the rows of plants and he was using a machine designed to reel in the tarps. His arm got caught in the machine and was amputated when he tried to adjust a tarp on a rotating shaft. The greenhouse pleaded guilty to a guarding violation. The court fined it $40,000 [Knotek Brothers Inc., Govt. News Release, July 27, 2011].