Textile Maker Fined after Burn Incident

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 03:10 PM gHale

An Ontario, Canada, textile company and subsidiary of international auto parts and tire firm Bridgestone Corp. is facing a $70,000 fine for a worker injury at a manufacturing plant in Woodstock, Ont. 

The worker suffered the injury in an incident involving sulfuric acid at the Firestone Textiles Company in September 2015. The company makes nylon resins and yarns used in rope and mesh products at the plant. 

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A Firestone technician was preparing to use sulfuric acid in a lab test when the accident occurred, according to the Ministry of Labor.

Using an electric pump, hose and nozzle, the worker was transferring sulfuric acid from a 45-gallon drum to a two-liter plastic bottle when the nozzle detached from the bottle due to high pressure. 

The worker was not wearing sufficient protective gear to prevent injuries and suffered minor chemical burns.

In a Woodstock courtroom late last week, Firestone Textiles pleaded guilty violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act for not ensuring the worker was wearing the proper gear.

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