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Richmond company fined more than $500,000 by WorkSafeBC

Firm had repeated violations: Worksafe
Richmond Plywood Corp
Richmond Plywood Corp.

Richmond Plywood Corporation Limited has been fined more than $500,000 by WorkSafeBC after an incident left a worker with serious injuries.

According to WorkSafeBC, a worker was caught in the press when they were positioning and loading paper onto a press.

The machine had been activated by another operator, who did not see the worker on a ladder aligning the sheets.

WorkSafeBC concluded that Richmond Plywood Corporation’s work practices for the task did not address this risk.

“The firm failed to ensure machinery was fitted with adequate safeguards, a repeated violation, and failed to establish an effective means of communication and safe procedures when two or more workers were required to work as a team,” WorkSafeBC stated.

Furthermore, the lack of information, instruction, training and supervision on workplace safety were also repeat violations.

The full fine that Richmond Plywood Corporation was fined on September 14 was $547,080.