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June 23, 2006

A contractor's employee installing a platform at an Ontario plastics plant accidentally tripped a shut-off switch that will cost the company an estimated $11 million before full production can resume in 2 weeks.

The accident occurred Monday at a Nova Chemical Corp. ethylene plant in Corunna, Ontario, when the worker mistakenly activated a shutdown process that halted production and will necessitate 2 weeks of repairs at the facility.

"The switch is a safety thing so if anyone sees something going wrong they have the opportunity to shut down the plant," Nova spokesman Greg Wilkinson told Reuters. "But that's not what happened here. It was not a safety issue. It was simply inadvertent."

The $11 million cost is based on profits lost from orders the company will not be able to fulfill.

Nova is investigating how the worker hit the button, but the company said its priority is repairing the facility. The company will await the results of its inquiry before deciding on potential penalties, Wilkinson said, adding that he has some sympathy for the worker.

"I can't imagine how that feels, but it has got to be very distressing," he said.

Source: Reuters via Yahoo News

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