Southlake Regional Centre Fined $80,000 for Hospital Workers’ Injuries from Workplace Violence

October 16, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Southlake Regional Health Centre, 596 Davis Drive, Newmarket, Ontario, a public hospital and health care facility that provides mental health services under the Mental Health Act. Location: 596 Davis Drive, Newmarket. Description of Offence: Two workers were injured as a result of workplace violence exercised by a patient. Date of Offence: January 17, 2019. Date of...

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Fatal Shock in Greenhouse Results in $120,000 Fine for Southwest Employer

October 16, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted:  Great Lakes Greenhouses Inc., Leamington, Ontario, a grower of cucumbers. Location of Workplace: A production greenhouse located near 834 Mersea Road 4 in Leamington. Description of Offence: A worker received a fatal electrical shock while working at a greenhouse facility. The electricity had not been properly locked out as required by law. Date of Offences: November 19, 2018. Date of...

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Worker Struck by Exploding Cap, $70,000 Fine for City of London

October 13, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: The Corporation of the City of London, London, Ontario. Location of Workplace: Near 517 Fanshawe Park Road in London, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker was injured when a cap on a drain pipe shot off and struck the worker, resulting in critical injuries. The employer failed to take the reasonable precaution of ensuring that the internal pressure of the drain pipeline was released before the...

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Worker Injury Results in $60,000 Fine for Mississauga Company

October 6, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Table of Contents Convicted: Green Belting Industries Limited, 381 Ambassador Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, where polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tapes and adhesives are manufactured. Location: The company’s workplace on Ambassador Drive in Mississauga. Description of Offence: A worker was injured when a roll of paper slid from a lifting device that should not have been used for the task. Date of...

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Fatal Fall at Hamilton Construction Project Results in $150,000 Fine for Toronto Construction Firm

October 2, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Welldone Inc., 48 Galaxy Boulevard, Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario, a company that  specializes in restoration work. Location of Workplace: A 13-storey residential building located at 57 Forest Avenue in Hamilton. Description of Offence: A worker fell from the roof of the building and was killed by the fall. The worker was not protected by a guardrail or travel restraint system as required by...

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Worker Fined $10,000 After Injury From Falling Debris at Toronto Hotel

September 28, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Giuseppe Scarfone, residing in Mount Hope, Ontario. Location of Workplace: Westin Toronto Airport Hotel, 950 Dixon Road, Etobicoke, Ontario. Description of Offence: A person in a room below an area undergoing renovations was struck by debris from through the ceiling, where a worker was cutting through the floor. The defendant worker failed to ensure that the core drilling system was used in accordance...

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Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

TORONTO — Today, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health issued the following statement outlining updated COVID-19 testing guidelines for Ontario:  “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has adhered to public health measures and established a strong foundation for testing and case and contact management that allowed us to rapidly identify and contain any COVID-19 outbreaks. To support this, Ontario established a provincial COVID-19 lab network with...

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Ontario Set to Employ the Largest Number of Labour Inspectors in Provincial History

New Inspectors will help Keep Workers Safe on the Job during COVID-19 September 23, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills DevelopmentTable of Contents TORONTO – The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, there will be more labour inspectors on the ground than ever...

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Injury Caused by Steel Bar Results in $40,000 Fine for Harrow Manufacturer

September 22, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Sellick Equipment Ltd., a manufacturer and supplier of heavy machinery and rough terrain equipment, with an industrial plant located in Harrow, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 2131 Roseborough Road, Harrow. Description of Offence: A worker suffered critical injuries when  a steel bar fell from an industrial magnet. The employer had failed to maintain a lift magnet in good condition. Date of...

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Worker’s Death in Oshawa Results in $125,000 Fine for Concord Contractor

September 21, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Orin Contractors Corp., 100 Macintosh Blvd., Concord, Ontario, a contractor providing municipal construction. Location of Workplace: Verdun Avenue in Oshawa. Description of Offence: A worker was killed when the scoop bucket attachment on an excavator fell on the worker. A hydraulic coupler attached to the excavator was operated in a manner that was not in accordance with the bucket attachment...

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