Building a Positive Safety Culture – Why is it important?

Workplace health and safety is all about managing risks to protect your workers, your business, and your brand. Excellence in health and safety management is characterised by a strong safety culture that relies on leadership involving your managers, workers, suppliers, contractors, and customers. Behaviours that promote equality, diversity, and inclusion in achieving health and safety goals, are not easy but are an essential element of success. When words and actions are not aligned, they will...

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Safety Week 2022 emphasizes building back connections

Angela Gismondi May 2, 2022 Connected. Supported. Safe. That is the theme of Construction Safety Week 2022 which will be marked May 2 to 6. “It’s appropriate given we’ve been disconnected through the pandemic and now we need to be better connected and supporting each other to keep each other safe,” said Craig Lesurf, president of Gillam Group, who is also chair of the League of Champions and the Ontario General Contractors Association safety committee. “We have always...

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Workplace Injury Results in $50,000 Fine for Stratford Company

Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: FIO Automotive Canada Corporation, 199 Bay Street, Commerce Court West, Suite 2800, Toronto, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 220 Dunn Road, Stratford, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker employed by FIO Automotive Canada Corporation (FIO) suffered a critical injury at the workplace when a 1,500-pund feed bar was knocked out of its support cradle and struck the worker who was operating the crane. FIO contravened...

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Workplace Injury Results in $25,000 Fine for Guelph Company

Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Trouw Nutrition Canada Inc., ISO Research Lane, Suite 200, Guelph, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 600 James Street South, St. Marys, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker employed by Trouw Nutrition suffered an injury at the workplace due to a lift truck accident. Trouw Nutrition failed to notify an inspector immediately of the occurrence of a critical injury, as required by s. 51(1) and contrary to s. 66 of...

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Workplace Fatality Results in $135,000 Fine for Belleville Company

Convicted: Pathways to Independence, 289 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 2426 County Road 18, Kemptville, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker working at a home operated by Pathways to Independence was fatally injured as a result of an incident of workplace violence. Pathways to Independence failed, as an employer, to reassess the risk of workplace violence as required under section 32.0.3(4) of the Occupational Health and Safety...

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Workplace Fatality Results in $60,000 Fine for Braeside Company

Convicted: 2341134 ThermoEnergy Structures Inc., 980 Stevenson Drive, Braeside, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 3346 Stirling Marmora Road, Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker performing work for ThermoEnergy Structures Inc. suffered a fatality resulting from the use of a bucket truck. ThermoEnergy Structures Inc. failed, as a constructor, to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by O. Reg. 213/91, made under the Occupational Health...

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Critical Injury Results in $75,000 Fine for Vaughan Company

Convicted: Westdale Construction Co. Limited, which owns and operates a high-rise residential apartment building. Location of Workplace: 50 Cambridge Road, Toronto, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker suffered a fall resulting in critical injuries while performing HVAC maintenance work. Westdale should have taken the precaution of providing cautionary signage identifying hazards at the building. Date of Offence: November 12, 2019 Date of...

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Ontario Mandating Naloxone Kits in High-Risk Workplaces

New measures would improve worker safety and save lives TORONTO — The Ontario government has introduced legislation to protect workers on the job and save lives. If passed, the Working for Workers Act, 2022 (Working for Workers Act 2), will require workplaces that are at risk of a worker opioid overdose to have naloxone kits. The legislation would also introduce the highest fines in Canada for companies that fail to follow workplace health and safety laws. “Everyone in...

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Ontario’s Safe Employers Receiving up to $1.5 Billion Rebate

Rebate will support businesses, maintain jobs and help safe employers impacted by COVID-19 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Ontario’s safe employers are receiving a rebate of up to $1.5 billion as Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) surplus funds are returned for the first time. This rebate will give 300,000 businesses back approximately 30 per cent of their annual premium payments, helping create new jobs and allowing for bigger paycheques for...

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Critical Injury Results in $55,000 Fine for Goodwood Company

Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Trisan General Contractors Inc., 5339 4th Concession Road, Goodwood ON. Trisan provides high rise building restoration, demolition and other construction related services. Location of Workplace: 18 Namco Road, Etobicoke ON, M9W1M5 Description of Offence: A worker performing work for Trisan General Contractors Inc. was critically injured while working on an excavator. The employer failed to take the reasonable...

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