Prevention Council Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination June, 2021

Ontario’s Prevention Council Chair released the statement below today: In the past 18 months, COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of ensuring the health and safety of people at work. During these challenging times, we have seen – and continue to see an unwavering commitment to workplace health and safety. Thank you for your ongoing leadership. The Prevention Council (PC) is dedicated to Ontario’s occupational health and safety system and supports rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations...

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Day of Mourning Statement from Prevention Council

April 28th marks the annual National Day of Mourning in Canada. This is a day where we pay tribute and remember those who have lost their lives and their loved ones or suffered injury or illness on the job due to a work-related tragedy. In the current pandemic, which has taken many lives and changed the way we work, this day has all the more resonance. As members of the Prevention Council, we are mandated to work as a strategic team to ensure we provide sound and actionable advice to...

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Worker’s Injuries from Construction Site Fall in Waterloo Results in $60,000 Fine for Innisfil Company

April 20, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Table of Contents Convicted: MTN Construction Inc., head office at 2441 Doral Drive, Innisfil, Ontario, carrying on business as a concrete formwork contractor for the construction industry.  Location of Workplace: A project to construct a high-rise condominium building at 128 King Street North, Waterloo. Description of Offence: A worker fell 21 feet to the ground, sustaining injuries. Workers had not been given...

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Workplace Inspectors to Visit 1,300 Construction Sites Beginning This Week

Targeted Health and Safety Blitz Focuses on Keeping Workers Safe in Hot-Spot Regions April 15, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government will begin targeted provincewide inspections of construction sites this Friday, dispatching 200 workplace inspectors, supported by provincial offenses officers, to visit 1,300 constructions sites to enforce safety requirements. Officers will also be visiting over 500 workplaces, including big box stores, food...

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Workplace Inspection Campaign Launching In COVID-19 Hotspots

Inspections begin this Friday in Peel and Halton warehouses, manufacturers, and retail businesses Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is launching a series of zero-tolerance workplace safety inspections in sectors and regions hardest hit by COVID-19, beginning tomorrow with warehouses, food processors and manufacturers in Peel and Halton Regions. “With more contagious variants identified in many parts of the province, it has never been...

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Worker’s Fall from Catwalk Results in $65,000 Fine for Quarry Operator

April 7, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: James Dick Construction Limited, registered head office 14442 Regional Road 50, Caledon, Ontario. The company owns and operates a limestone quarry at 2324 Concession A, Brechin, Township of Ramara. Location of Workplace: The Ramara quarry, which is classified as a mine. Description of Offence: A worker fell into a quarry when a catwalk gave way. The catwalk had not been maintained in a safe condition. Date...

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Ontario Supporting Construction Training in Hamilton

2021 Budget investment will prepare people for in-demand jobs and support economic growth Labour, Training and Skills Development HAMILTON — The Ontario government is investing $592,000 to help prepare 150 people in Hamilton for well-paying jobs in the construction sector, such as environmental engineers, surveyors, civil engineers and general managers to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19.  Additionally, this support will help employers reduce obstacles to hiring...

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Worker Struck by Falling Tubing, London Company Fined $75,000

Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Great Lakes Copper Ltd., 1010 Clarke Road, PO Box 7515, London, Ontario, a manufacturer of copper tubing for the plumbing, refrigeration and industrial markets. Location of Workplace: A separate shipping/warehouse facility known as “CDC” at 385 South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas. Description of Offence: A worker was injured after being struck by tubing that slid as it was being moved. Date of...

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Ontario Employers Moving to Excellence 

Over 50 employers received over $1.2 million in rebates, as part of a provincial program that rewards safer employers. Just over a year ago, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced it had earmarked an estimated $140 million for its Health and Safety Excellence program, which recognizes employers who successfully implement health and safety programs in their workplaces. The innovative program – the first program of its kind in Canada – connects businesses of all sizes...

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Ontario Businesses Making Workplaces Safer

Inspectors See Increase in Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Requirements March 17, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is seeing a greater number of small businesses complying with COVID-19 safety requirements. During follow-up visits for educational workplace safety campaigns, provincial offences officers found that approximately 73 per cent of businesses were in compliance with public health measures and compliance increased by 20 per...

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