Exposure at work – COVID-19

“Under existing OHSA regulation, if a worker gets COVID-19 from an exposure at work, the employer has to report this as an occupational illness to the Ministry. Under OHSA if an employer is advised by the worker or on behalf of the worker that a worker has an occupational illness or that a claim has been filed with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the employer is required to notify the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development in writing within four...

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COVID-19 PRESENTS MAJOR CHALLENGES AS HEALTH EXPERTS ATTEMPT TO SLOW ITS SPREAD

Everyone is closely watching and monitoring the novel COVID-19 outbreak. However, keeping tabs on the latest developments in the ever-evolving battle to contain it can be quite unnerving. Every hour on the hour there’s an endless stream of breaking news about the virus’ impact in Canada , and across the globe. Health officials are routinely updating the public on new presumptive and confirmed cases; to date, the virus has infected more than 145,000 people worldwide and more than 5,400...

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Glencore Canada Corporation fined $110,000 After Workers Injured

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Glencore Canada Corporation, Toronto ON. Location of Workplace: Falconbridge, ON. Description of Offence: failure to ensure that a rail car had been depressurized before the transfer line was disconnected, resulting in an uncontrolled spray of 98 percent sulphuric acid, contrary to s. 56(b) of Ontario Regulation 854/90, Mines and Mining Plants, thereby contravening s. 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health...

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Coronavirus FAQ: what it is, how it spreads and who to call

BY DILSHAD BURMAN, CityNews The novel coronavirus strain we have come to know as COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the globe. While top experts say the risk to Canadians remains low, residents are on edge as new cases are diagnosed every day, including those contracted via human-to-human transmission. The government is providing daily updates on cases and how Canada is responding, but questions still abound about how the virus is transmitted, what the symptoms are and who to call...

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Businesses ramp up COVID-19 precautions amid workplace cases

By Tara Deschamps TORONTO — Businesses are significantly ramping up their efforts to stop the spread of a novel coronavirus, after a string of cases cropped up at Canadian workplaces in recent days. Thursday morning brought news that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions was asking its approximately 360 employees to “telework” after a staff member in its Ottawa office was sent for testing for the virus known as COVID-19. Days before, a Kinross Gold employee...

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Ontario Construction Safety Blitz Begins

Inspectors Targeting Personal Protective Equipment as Part of Safety Push Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – Ontario workplace inspectors are launching a safety blitz focusing on construction sites, Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development announced. “We’re doing this to save lives,” said Minister McNaughton. “One death on a jobsite is one too many. I want everyone in this province to know...

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Threads of Life presentation leaves a deep impression on workers

No job is worth dying for. That’s the message C.K. DesGrosseilliers wanted workers to take back to the job with them following a recent injury prevention presentation at the nearly completed, twin-high-rise project at Eglinton Ave. and Don Mills Rd. DesGrosseilliers, a volunteer speaker with Threads of Life – a national registered charity dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease as well as preventing such...

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Fall on Stairs Injures Worker, $60,000 Fine for Karmax in Aurora

January 24, 2020 2:50 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Magna International Inc. operating as Karmax Heavy Stamping, 337 Magna Drive, Aurora, Ontario, a manufacturer  of automotive parts. Location of Workplace: The company’s plant facility at 333 Market Drive, Milton, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker fell and was injured while simultaneously carrying a part and climbing stairs to reach the top of a...

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Working with Asbestos: What You Need to Know

The Ministry of Labour’s latest video shows what you need to know when working near asbestos. Asbestos kills more workers than any other occupational hazard, including traumatic deaths in construction. All workplace parties, including workers, have a shared responsibility in reducing the risk of exposure. Owners, employers and constructors must ensure workers are safe on the job and are not exposed to asbestos, this includes following the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the...

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Death of Worker, Injuries to Others Result in $175,000 Fine to Windsor Concrete Manufacturer

January 22, 2020 2:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Prestressed Systems Inc. (PSI Inc.), 4955 Walker Road, Windsor, Ontario, a manufacturer of pre-stressed and pre-cast concrete products. Location of workplace: 5058 Walker Road, Windsor, Ontario. Description of Offence: One worker was killed and another seriously injured when anchor plates being used in the construction of a bridge girder slid from their supports and failed...

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