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Ontario manufacturing company fined for factory accident that left child dead


LINWOOD, Ont. – Ontario’s Minstry of Labour says a steel tubing manufacturer has been fined $150,000 for violations related to a factory accident that left a child dead.

The ministry says a worker was at J.M. Lahman Manufacturing Inc. in Linwood, Ont., with two children – one of whom was walking around the facility unaccompanied – in July 2017.

It says the child, whose age and gender were not disclosed, died after being crushed by a pile of bundled steel tubes that collapsed.

It says the ministry found that the bundles weren’t sufficiently secured, and the child should not have been allowed to wander around a factory unaccompanied.

The province says the company pleaded guilty to two labour violations.

It was fined $100,000 for permitting a person under the age of 15 to be alone in a factory, and $50,000 for failing to ensure that bundles of steel tubing were safely stored.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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