Company Fined 50K After Two Workers Injured In Cage Collapse

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO – Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd., a  company that designs and installs soil retention systems and caisson foundations, pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after two workers were injured when a reinforcing cage collapsed with the workers in it. The company had been retained to undertake construction of a foundation for a new hydro tower at 88 Niagara Boulevard in Fort Erie and on November 13, 2015, two workers were working inside a cylindrical cage made...

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Ministry Blitz Sheds Light On The Dangers Of Fall Hazards

It’s fair to say that the construction industry suffers a disproportionate share of occupational fatalities and lost-time injuries. While falls are a leading cause of worker injuries and deaths, nearly all of these incidents are preventable. From May 16 to July 15, 2016, the Ministry of Labour targeted potential fall hazards during a safety blitz at hundreds of workplaces across province. In all, construction inspectors conducted 2,316 field visits to 1,994 workplaces and issued 5,542...

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Vaughan Company Fined $75,000 After Worker Critically Injured

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Martinrea International Inc., carrying on business as Hydroform Solutions, pleaded guilty and has been fined $75,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries   when machinery fell while being lifted with an overhead crane. Martinrea is an automotive parts manufacturer that operates a facility located at 1995 Williams Parkway in Brampton, Ontario. On June 21, 2015, a worker employed by Martinrea at the facility was operating a remote-controlled overhead crane to lift...

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Saskatchewan Court Convicts & Fines Supervisor For Worker’s Electrocution

  Most safety prosecutions involve OHS charges against a company or organization. But individuals such as owners, directors, supervisors and even workers can also be prosecuted. And when individuals are prosecuted, they may raise a due diligence defence just as a company might. A court in Saskatchewan recently convicted a supervisor of two safety offences related to the electrocution of a worker. Here’s a look at that case. THE CASE What Happened: A SaskPower worker, his supervisor and...

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Roofing Company Fined $57,500 After Worker Falls Through Roof

  WHITBY, ONTARIO – A Mississauga roofing company pleaded guilty and has been fined $57,500 after a worker fell through a roof and was seriously injured. The company, Paiva Roofing Ltd., was working on the roof of an industrial establishment at 850 McKay Road in Pickering on April 30, 2015. The day before, the work crew had removed heating, ventilation and air conditioning cones and other roofing material from the roof. On the morning of the incident, one of the workers went through an...

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Grimsby Builder Convicted After Construction Project Collapses

WELLAND, ONTARIO – A construction project that collapsed due to wind load and a lack of bracing and proper anchoring has led to a $20,000 fine against the individual in charge of the project. A storage barn was being built on a residential farm property located at 3357 Regional Road 12, West Lincoln, Ontario. On November 24, 2014, the partially-built, wood-framed storage barn collapsed. The property owner had hired Tom Ivezic to undertake the construction of the storage barn, which was...

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Failure To Meet Workplace Violence And Harassment Requirements Ends in Hefty Fine

WHITBY, ONTARIO – A company that provided security services for Oshawa City Hall has been fined $70,000 for failing to comply with orders to develop workplace harassment and violence prevention programs for its workers. By provincial law, employers must put in place policies on workplace harassment and violence and train their workers about these policies. The shortcomings came to light when a Ministry of Labour inspector conducted an inspection following an injury suffered by an...

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