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WorkSafe BC halts Dinoflex machine operations after fatal accident
A stop work order has been issued for seven power presses at Dinoflex Group Ltd. following the death of an employee on Aug. 28.
WorkSafe BC inspector Jim Saunders made the order on Aug. 30 following an inspection of the facility.
Shane Mackenzie Gorner, 19, was killed after getting caught in machinery at the manufacturing plant located in the Salmon Arm Industrial Park. Medical attention, including an air ambulance, was dispatched but Gorner succumbed to his injuries before he could be taken to hospital.
In his report, Saunders says the seven power presses used for making rubber blocks are not in a safe condition to operate and do not comply with Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
"The point of operation of the seven power presses, used to make rubber blocks at this workplace, are not safeguarded to prevent injury to the operator or any other worker… The employer must ensure that prior to use all of the seven power presses are safeguarded to a standard acceptable by the board," states the report.
Dinoflex Group CEO Mark Bunz acknowledges that additional safeguarding is now required and says the company is committed to the safety of all its employees. The company has enlisted the services of an industrial engineering and design company specializing in safeguarding to assist in complying with the WorkSafe BC orders.
"It’s important to point out that WorkSafe BC conducted a prior audit as normal course of business and safeguarding of the presses was not highlighted as a safety concern at that time," he writes in a statement to the Observer. "It should also be noted we have not had a recordable injury with the presses in the 25 years of their existence."
Bunz also notes the company receives discounts on WorkSafe BC premiums due to its history of operating a safe work environment.
The order remains in effect until cancelled by the Workers' Compensation Board.
The coroner is also investigating the incident.