Ontario Expands Workplace Enforcement Campaigns

Provincewide inspection blitzes will ensure essential businesses are operating safely January 20, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Ontario government is expanding the current workplace inspection campaign to further protect workers and customers at essential businesses. Following last week’s big-box store blitz, provincial offences officers will be now be visiting an expanded range of workplaces across Ontario to educate and ticket businesses...

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Cobalt Mining Company Fined $75,000 After Worker Injured by Conveyor

January 19, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: SMC (Canada) Ltd., a company that extracts and recovers precious metals in mining mills near Cobalt, Ontario. Location of Worksite: The company’s operations near Cobalt, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker suffered a critical injury after becoming entangled in machinery. The machinery should have had a guard to prevent workers from coming into contact with moving parts. Date of...

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Ontario Increasing Workplace Inspections during COVID-19

Big-box store blitz will ensure retailers are operating safely, and protecting workers and patrons January 14, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect workers in response to rising COVID-19 cases. Beginning this Saturday and Sunday, approximately 50 ministry inspectors, as well as local bylaw and police officers, will be visiting big-box stores in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel, York and Durham...

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Two Workers Injured at Whitby Steel Plant Resulting in $115,000 Fine for Cambridge Company

December 29, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Gerdau Ameristeel Incorporation, registered office at 160 Orion Place, Cambridge, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 1 Gerdau Court, Whitby, where the company recycles, melts and produces steel. Description of Offence: Two workers were injured after being struck with a piece of waste material that fell from a furnace. There was no overhead protection to protect the workers from the hazards of falling...

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Ontario Employers Moving to Excellence

Recently, a total of 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...

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Elevator Worker’s Injury Results in $55,000 Fine for Ottawa Company

December 21, 2020 Convicted: Thyssenkrupp Elevator (Canada) Limited, 160 Elgin Street, Suite 2600, Ottawa, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 222 Nepean Stteet, Ottawa, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker was injured while repairing an elevator that had not been properly locked out. Date of Offences: February 5, 2019. Date of Conviction: December 15, 2020. Penalty Imposed: Following a guilty plea, Thyssenkrupp Elevator (Canada) Limited was fined...

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Ontario Supports Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19

Proactive measures to protect jobs by helping businesses avoid costly payouts and potential closures Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is taking action to protect jobs by helping businesses avoid costly payouts and potential closures and continues offering protection to workers that are laid off due to COVID-19. These measures are being adopted through the extension of regulatory amendments that were put in place at the outset of the pandemic...

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CPO says office will address recent deaths through messaging, thorough analysis

Don Wall – Daily Commercial News – December 18, 2020 Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) Ron Kelusky says the recent spate of deaths in the construction sector means health and safety policymakers need to renew calls for vigilance across the sector and at the same time gather the facts and learn from the tragedies.  Five construction workers died following mishaps at jobsites in...

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Worker’s Injuries from Furnace Result in $200,000 Fine for Guelph Manufacturer

December 16, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Linamar Corporation operating as Linamar Gear, 287 Speedvale Avenue West, Guelph, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 32 Independence Place, Guelph, Ontario, where automotive parts are manufactured. Description of Offence: A worker was injured after opening a furnace door. The worker was not wearing protective equipment as required by law. Date of Offences: October 2, 2018. Date of...

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Fatal Shock to Worker Results in $150,000 Fine for Trailer Manufacturer

December 16, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: 2055495 Ontario Inc. operating as Miska Trailer Factory, 1056 Highway 6 North, Suite #3, RR 2, Hamilton, Ontario. Location of Workplace: The company’s manufacturing facility at 1056 Highway 6 North, Hamilton, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker was electrocuted after coming into contact with live powerlines. Date of Offences: March 21, 2019. Date of Conviction: December 11...

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