‘It’s just a flu’: COVID prevention rules are often ignored on Toronto construction sites, workers tell the Star

By Rosa Saba, Toronto Star Business ReporterTue., Feb. 16, 2021 Construction workers say that many work sites in Toronto deemed essential during the stay-at-home order are rife with COVID-19 rule violations, including people working in confined spaces while not wearing face masks. However, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour and other industry groups see things differently, saying they have been impressed with most employers’ oversight during the pandemic and that the government has been...

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Ontario Setting Up Apprentices and Employers for Success

Province’s expanded apprenticeship programs will build a robust, skilled workforce March 5, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is investing $47 million in 2021-22 to hire more apprentices, improve the quality of training and help them complete their training and certification through the new Achievement Incentive Program and the expanded Apprenticeship Capital Grant. These programs...

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Ontario Hires 100 Additional Health and Safety Inspectors

New employees will support business inspection blitz during COVID-19 March 3, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Ontario government has hired over 100 new occupational health and safety inspectors to support business inspection campaigns, and help ensure employees, businesses and the public are protected. The new inspectors have begun a condensed training program, and will begin making field visits, with a mentor, within five weeks of their start date...

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Worker Injury Results in $50,000 Fine for Toronto Food Products Producer

March 1, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Select Food Products, Limited, 120 Sunrise Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, an industrial establishment that manufactures, produces and packages food products (sauces and condiments). Location of Workplace: 120 Sunrise Avenue, Toronto. Description of Offence: A worker was injured while trying to remove a stuck label on a labeler machine. The labeler machine was not equipped with a guard that prevented access to the...

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Death of Worker Results In Trial, Fine of $210,000 for Chelmsford Construction Company

February 26, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: R.M.Bélanger Limited, 100 Radisson Avenue, Chelmsford, Ontario, a company that provides institutional, commercial and industrial construction services. Location of Worksite: The parking lot of a golf course near Sudbury, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker was killed when a wooden telephone pole rolled while it was being loaded with a forklift onto a trailer. Date of Offence: September...

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Worker’s Fall Results in $60,000 Fine for Thunder Bay Employer

February 19, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Robert C. Nearing Holdings Inc., operator of a Canadian Tire outlet at 939 Fort William Road in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 939 Fort William Road in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker fell from a second-storey level through an opening that should have had a guardrail to protect workers from injury. Date of Offences: June 11, 2019. Date of...

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Death of Supervisor Results in $200,000 Fine for Hamilton Construction Company

Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: McNally Construction Inc., head office 1855 Barton Street East, Hamilton, Ontario, a business in the construction and tunnelling industry. Description of Offence: A worker was fatally injured when a mini-excavator being operated in a pipe tipped over. The mini-excavator did not have the required cab or screen, which might have protected the worker. Date of Offences: June 21, 2018. Date of Conviction: February 11...

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Worker Injured by Moving Machinery, Burlington Company Fined $90,000

February 10, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Cogent Power Inc., 845 Laurentian Drive, Burlington, a manufacturer of transmission equipment for distribution of electrical energy.   Location of Workplace: The company’s manufacturing plant located at its Laurentian Drive head office location in Burlington. Description of Offence: A worker was injured after becoming caught in moving machinery which had not been equipped with a guard or...

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Retailers Show Improvement in Complying with Public Health Guidelines

Workplace inspections are helping create safer workplaces in Ontario February 10, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Ontario’s provincial offences officers have visited more than 2,308 big-box stores and other essential retail businesses across the province in 2021, and those complying with public health guidelines have increased by almost 19 per cent over three consecutive weeks. To date, 218 tickets have been issued to businesses and individuals...

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Strapping Machine Injury Results in $65,000 Fine for Mill Operator

February 9, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Norbord Inc., 1 Toronto Street, Suite #600, Toronto, Ontario, an international company that produces wood-based products, including Oriented Strand Board (OSB), a type of engineered wood. Location of Workplace: A mill operated by Norbord Inc. at 181 Nighswander Road in Berwick, Ontario (Rainy River District). Description of Offence: A worker was injured when a machine activated unexpectedly. The machine...

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