A worker was injured operating a machine that she had not worked on before.  Her clothing got caught in a drill that pulled her hand into the machine.  The guards on the machine were not sufficient to prevent the accident.

The Court confirmed that the $20,000 reparation paid was appropriate, but imposed a fine of $51,000 for health and safety breaches in the failure to identify the hazard and eliminate or isolate the hazard.  The fine would have been $85,000 but for the early guilty plea and mitigating factors such as remorse, steps to prevent a recurrence, apology and cooperation.

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