Maple Leaf Foods fined $120K after worker injured in Hamilton

A worker was injured at the Hannon plant last March.
A worker's arm was injured while trying to dislodge deboned chicken last year. (CBC)

Maple Leaf Foods has to pay a $120,000 fine after a worker injured an arm while dumping deboned chicken last year.

Justice of the Peace Kelly Visser ordered Monday that the company pay after a worker was hurt at the Hannon plant on March 23, 2016.

The worker was preparing to dump deboned chicken into a hopper for processing at the 440 Glover Rd. S. plant, says a court bulletin.

The chicken was in a large cardboard and plastic box and loaded onto a pallet, the bulletin says. This is called a "combo."

The worker put the pallet in the processing equipment so it could be raised and dumped into the hopper. But while it was being dumped, the combo collapsed and the chicken got stuck inside it.

The worker lowered the combo to try to dislodge the chicken, but it fell out of position on the equipment. The combo slid and hit the worker's arm.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found the company violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act.