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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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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Mushroom Grower Fined $90,000 After Worker Pulled into Conveyor

December 9, 2019 3:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Highline Produce Limited, a business that grows and sells mushrooms at two locations in Ontario; head office 715 Mersea Road 5, RR 3, Leamington, Ontario (mailing address 66 Wellington Street West, TD Bank Tower, Suite 5300, Toronto, Ontario). Location: The company’s growing facility at 339 Conley Road, Wellington/Prince Edward County, Ontario. Description of Offence: A...

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Ontario Creating New Training Partnerships, Jobs

Investment in Training Will Help Workers Get the Skills Employers Need December 6, 2019 12:30 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development KITCHENER — Ontario’s Government is investing $20 million in training partnerships that will help job seekers and workers get the in-demand skills they need for good jobs, and connect them with employers looking to grow their businesses. The new provincial funding will roughly triple the existing program, which was launched in...

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Ontario Supporting Economic Growth, New Jobs in the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland Region

New partnership to create training and job opportunities in the local aerospace sector December 6, 2019 9:30 A.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development PETERBOROUGH — Ontario’s Government is supporting a new training partnership project in the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland Region that will unlock up to 100 jobs in aerospace and aviation sector. “People in this region should take note. The Aviation/Aerospace sector is expanding here...

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Attracting and Retaining Millennials Key to Future of Skilled Trades

New Health and Safety Approach One Option for Construction Sector December 5, 2019 8:40 A.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – Employers in the construction sector need to find new ways to talk to millennials if they are going to solve a looming skilled trades shortage. “Young people have different attitudes towards life and work than the generations before them,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills...

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Worker Caught in Rubble, Company Fined $65,000 in Thunder Bay District

November 28, 2019 4:30 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: 1481410 Ontario Limited carrying on business as SL Marketing, PO Box 836, 25 Peter Street, Orillia, Ontario. Location of Worksite: The former Kraft Paper Mill at 1 Baker Road, Red Rock, in the Thunder Bay District in northwestern Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker suffered a non-life-threatening injury when a concrete structure collapsed on top of the worker’s...

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Worker Killed in Excavation, $150,000 Fine for Contracting Company

November 27, 2019 4:30 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Kurtis Smith Excavating Inc., a sewer and watermain contractor, 225 Industrial Park Drive, Brussels, Ontario. Location of Worksite: A construction project at 45415 Perth Line 86, west of the town of Listowel. Description of Offence: A worker was killed when a 1,600-pound bollard made of steel and cement fell into an excavation and struck a worker. Date of Offence: May...

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Moving Equipment Causes Injuries, $65,000 Fine for London Mill

November 25, 2019 4:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Great Lakes Copper Ltd., 1010 Clarke Road, London, Ontario, a company that operates a copper tube mill. Location: The company’s manufacturing facility at 1010 Clarke Road, London. Description of Offence: A worker suffered critical injuries when a machine was unintentionally activated. Date of Offence: October 17, 2018. Date of Conviction: November 25...

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Customer Struck by Falling Load, Loblaws Fined $80,000 in London

November 22, 2019 3:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Loblaws Inc., a registered Ontario entity with a network of over 1,000 supermarket stores in Canada. Location: A Real Canadian Superstore located at 825 Oxford Street East, London, Ontario. Description of Offence: A customer was injured by products that fell from a moving forklift driven by a Loblaws worker. Date of Offence: April 3, 2018. Date of...

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