Peel school board fined $50K over student injured in shop class

The Peel District School Board was fined $50,000 after a shop-class accident at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga sent a student to hospital, the province's Ministry of Labour said Thursday.
A 200-kilogram industrial shear slid from a table during a shop class at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga, sending a student to hospital. The Peel District School Board was fined $50,000 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act. (Google)

The Peel District School Board was fined $50,000 after a shop-class accident at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga sent a student to hospital, the province's Ministry of Labour said Thursday. 

A 200-kilogram industrial shear, a device for forming sheet metal, slid off a table and fell on a student during a manufacturing program class in April 2014, the ministry said in a news release. 

The Peel school board pleaded guilty under the province's Occupational Health and Safety Act to failing to take every reasonable precaution to protect a worker. A justice of the peace levied the fine in a court in Brampton on Tuesday. 

The ministry said the teacher had brought the heavy shear to the school without the knowledge of the administration and had not secured it to the table. 

The teacher instructed three students to raise one end of the table with a floor jack, cut off one of the legs, and put a new caster wheel on the table leg. When the jack was lowered, the table tipped forward and the shear slid off, landing on the back of one of the students.

The news release did not identify the age or gender of the student and described the injury as a fracture.​

The school board is also required to pay an additional $12,500 to a provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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