Peel District School Board has been slapped with a $50,000 fine after a student was injured in a classroom incident.
The incident dates back to April 2014 when three students at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga were attending a manufacturing program class and were assigned the task of removing four old caster wheels from a metal table.
During the course of the task, the students used a 450-pound metal industrial shear which had been placed on a table in the classroom, having been brought to the school by the teacher without the knowledge of the school administration.
A warning label on the shear indicates that the machine should be secured for stability and safety, however, the shear had not been secured and the students involved were not aware of this.
At no time did their teacher instruct them to remove the shear from the table before cutting off the table legs.
As instructed by their teacher the students used a floor jack to raise one end of the table and cut off one of the legs, including the old caster wheel.
When the jack was lowered the table tipped forward and the shear slid off the table, landing on the back of one of the students.
He was transported to hospital by ambulance and sustained a fracture as a result of the shear falling on him.
The PDSB were brought before a court in Brampton on January 12th, 2016 and pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker in a workplace, specifically to failing to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring that the shear was secured to the surface upon which it was set.