Atlantic Minerals Ltd. of Corner Brook is paying a total of $21,000 in fines after pleading guilty to occupational health and safety charges.

The company and a supervisor were sentenced in Corner Brook last Friday.

The incident occurred at the company's facility in Brake's Cove in June 2011, involving a worker whose right hand was crushed when the press portion of a concrete block machine activated unexpectedly. 

The victim's hand injuries resulted in the surgical amputation of one finger.

The company pleaded guilty to three charges, including failure to provide a safe workplace, and failure to ensure that equipment was fitted with adequate safeguards that prevent access to a hazardous point of operation. 

The supervisor pleaded guilty to the charge of failure to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all workers under his supervision. He was fined $2,000, plus a victim fine surcharge. The remaining charge against the supervisor was withdrawn.