Ontario’s Safe Employers to be Rewarded with Millions in Financial Incentives

It pays to be safe. In fact, there is millions of dollars up for grabs as part of a new provincial program that seeks to reward it safest employers – the first program of its kind in Canada. The province recently announced it has earmarked an estimated $140 million for excellence in occupational health and safety, with the financial reward coming in the form of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) rebates over a three-year period.  “We know that good health and safety...

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CPO Ron Kelusky: “I commend the construction industry for their commitment”

There’s no silver bullet to preventing workplace accidents. In reality,  it’s a little more complicated than waving a magic wand or snapping your fingers. It’s a huge challenge that requires a universal buy-in from employers and employees. According to the Chief Prevention Officer for the Ministry of Labour Ron Kelusky, he has seen first-hand how the construction industry has stepped up its efforts when it comes to workplace health and safety. “I commend the construction...

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Monte McNaughton: “Open and honest conversations about health and safety are critical for all of us”

Growing up in a small town can have some drawbacks, but for Monte McNaughton, the lessons he learned as a young man working in his family’s building supplies store in Newbury, Ont. helped shape the way he sees the world today. “But probably the greatest lesson I ever got was from my mother, who told me on my wedding night; There will be some good days and there will be some challenging ones. Learn how to laugh. Learn to say sorry. And whatever may come, always keep talking,”...

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Death of Worker, Injuries to Others Result in $175,000 Fine to Windsor Concrete Manufacturer

January 22, 2020 2:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Prestressed Systems Inc. (PSI Inc.), 4955 Walker Road, Windsor, Ontario, a manufacturer of pre-stressed and pre-cast concrete products. Location of workplace: 5058 Walker Road, Windsor, Ontario. Description of Offence: One worker was killed and another seriously injured when anchor plates being used in the construction of a bridge girder slid from their supports and failed...

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ArcelorMittal Dofasco Fined $290,000 After Two Workplace Incidents in Hamilton

January 17, 2020 2:30 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: ArcelorMittal Dofasco MP Inc., 1330 Burlington Street East, Hamilton, Ontario, a manufacturer of steel products for the automotive and other industries. ArcelorMittal along with ArcelorMittal Canada Inc. are the partners which form ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P. Location of Workplace: 1330 Burlington Street East, Hamilton, Ontario. Description of Offence: In two separate incidents, two...

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Worker Fatality in Wood Drying Kiln Results in $225,000 Fine for Flooring Manufacturer

January 13, 2020 2:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Satin Finish Hardwood Flooring, Limited (now known as Prodtor Inc.), a manufacturer of pre-finished hardwood flooring, 15 Fenmar Drive, Toronto, Ontario. Location: The company’s leased industrial manufacturing facility at 15 Fenmar Drive, Toronto. Description of Offence: A worker died after becoming trapped in an operating wood drying kiln. Date of Offence: December...

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Worker Critically Injured in Explosion, $70,000 Fine for Steel Fabricator in Sudbury Area

January 13, 2020 1:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Noront Steel (1981) Limited, Walden Industrial Park, Copper Cliff, Ontario, operator of a steel fabrication facility. Location: The company’s facility at 100 Noront Road in the City of Greater Sudbury. Description of Offence: A worker received critical injuries when a steel drum exploded into flames. Date of Offence: August 24, 2018. Date of...

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Lumber Mill Fatality in Chapleau Results in $250,000 Fine For Mill Owners

January 8, 2020 2:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Rayonier A.M. Canada Industries Inc., 4 Place Ville-Marie, Ste. 100, Montreal, Quebec, owner and operator of a softwood lumber mill in Chapleau, Ontario. Rayonier acquired the mill from Tembec Industries Inc., which operated the mill under the name Ryam Lumber, on May 31, 2018. Location: The company’s lumber mill at 175 Planer Road, Chapleau. Description of Offence: A worker...

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Second Offence results in $90,000 Fine for Woodbridge Window Manufacturer

December 23, 2019 11:00 A.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Aluminum Window Designs Ltd. (AWD), 440 Hanlon Road, Woodbridge, Ontario, a manufacturer of of commercial and residential aluminum window products. Location of Workplace: The company’s440 Hanlon Road location in Woodbridge, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker received a critical injury while trying to remove a piece of aluminum from a punch press. Date of...

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Worker Killed During Truck Repair, $85,000 Fine For Auto Company

December 23, 2019 10:00 A.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Ruggieri Brothers Automotive Ltd., 66 Fernstaff Court, Concord (Vaughan), Ontario.  Location: The company’s facility on Fernstaff Court. Description of Offence: A worker was performing a safety inspection on a dump truck and found a deficiency in one of the air bag shock absorbers (air spring). The worker was fatally injured while installing a replacement air...

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Worker Struck by Forklift, Fine of $70,000 for Brantford Packaging Manufacturer

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: AMHIL Enterprises Ltd., 156 Adams Boulevard, Brantford, Ontario; a manufacturer of plastic packaging for the food services industry. Location: The company’s facility on 5330 Mainway Drive in Burlington. Description of Offence: A worker suffered critical injuries after being struck by a moving forklift that was operating in reverse. Date of Offence: September 16, 2018. Date of...

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Workers’ Injuries from Explosion Result in $135,000 Fine for Woodbridge Company

December 12, 2019 4:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Noranco Inc., carrying on business as PCC Aerostructure GTA Woodbridge, 710 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge; a company that manufactures structural landing gear components for aircraft. Location of Workplace: The company’s facility in Woodbridge. Description of Offence: Two workers were injured when a landing-gear component they were attempting to disassemble exploded...

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Worker Struck By Equipment in Assembly Plant, Fine of $65,000 in Brampton

December 10, 2019 4:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Android-Brampton LLC, a Brampton company that provides module assembly and supply chain management services used in vehicles.  Location: The company’s facility at 14 Precidio Court, Brampton. Description of Offence: A worker received a critical injury when machinery fell and struck the worker. Date of Offence: July 12, 2018. Date of...

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