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Last month, a Sudbury student lost four fingers in an incident with a jointer, a woodworking machine that produces a flat surface on boards prior to joining them edge to edge with other boards. In this province, close to 80% of injuries affecting students using machines in industrial arts, wood shop, automotive shop and similar programs, involve lost or disfigured fingers, hands or thumbs. Two years ago, Durham District School Board (DDSB), just east of Toronto, implemented the first of several steps to make what was already a good health and safety program, better. The story, according to Gary Gibson, manager of health and safety at DDSB, started 10 years ago when the Ontario Ministry of Education announced the Technological Renewal Initiative in its June 2003 budget, amounting to three years of funding for shop safety renewal.


The board used part of that funding to buy new machinery for its shop classrooms, but because the marketplace didn’t have as much selection then as it does today, the majority came with less than robust guarding.
Gibson subsequently installed Ferndale guarding, made in Italy, on 250 of the Durham board’s shop classroom machines, starting with the band saws, drill presses and grinders, then moving to the large machines, like metal lathes and milling machines. In May 2010, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour launched its Critical Incident Stress Management program (CISM) for employees in its Operations Division. He also replaced his generic lockout procedures with machine-specific protocols, using one-page picture placards developed by WSPS, designed for ease of use.


Students take their awareness and safety skills to the workplace, which raises expectations for employers who have fallen behind. The school was fined $275,000 for failing to have safe practices in place that would have prevented the fatality.



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