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Richmond food manufacturer fined over $165,000 after employee seriously injured

The company ‘failed to ensure’ machine safety
Fine Choice Foods limited
Richmond-based Fine Choice Foods Ltd. was fined by WorkSafeBC after a worker was injured

Richmond-based Fine Choice Foods Limited has been fined with a high-risk violation that left a worker seriously injured.

According to WorkSafeBC, a worker at the food manufacturing facility was feeding dough into a noodle machine when they were caught in the gauge rolls, “sustaining serious injuries," which were not specified.

The machine’s movable barrier guard was “wedged open” during the incident and a stop-use order was issued for the machine.

“The firm failed to ensure that a machine safeguard was capable of effectively performing its intended function. This was a high-risk violation,” WorkSafeBC stated.

Fine Choice Foods Limited was fined $165,714.50 on Dec. 9, 2021.

This is the second penalty involving unguarded machinery that Fine Choice Foods Limited has received. 

The company was fined more than $69,000 in 2020 when it was determined by WorkSafeBC that a worker was injured after being struck by the mixing blade of an unguarded mixer.