Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors have issued a total of four work orders against the Ford Motor Company in the wake of an accident at the company’s Essex Engine Plant in Windsor last Wednesday, August 3, that resulted in a 47-year-old worker receiving a significant head injury.
According to reports of the incident, the worker was injured when an object fell and struck him on the head, while he was at his work station. As he was working, a machine he was working on “caught a vent” and knocked the vent off. When the vent fell, it hit him in the back of the head, causing him to lose consciousness for a time, as well as a one-inch laceration to the back of the head. Paramedics were called and reported that the man was bleeding and temporarily lost consciousness before they transported the worker by ambulance to Windsor Regional Hospital, where he was subsequently treated for non-life threatening injuries and released soon after.
Paramedics were called and have reported that, when they arrived, the worker was bleeding and had lost consciousness before they transported him by ambulance to Windsor Regional Hospital, where he was subsequently treated for what they described as non-life threatening injuries. He was released soon after.
The Ministry of Labour then issued a stop work order until the company could ensure that materials and equipment were secured, as well as orders forcing the company to find a “permanent solution to a temporarily supported piece of material in a workstation.” The stop work order was lifted on Thursday. As of Friday, the “permanent solution” order was still in progress. Ministry of Labour officials continue to investigate the incident. Hopefully, that includes the question of why such workers apparently aren’t wearing hardhats.