Building a Positive Safety Culture – Why is it important?

Workplace health and safety is all about managing risks to protect your workers, your business, and your brand. Excellence in health and safety management is characterised by a strong safety culture that relies on leadership involving your managers, workers, suppliers, contractors, and customers. Behaviours that promote equality, diversity, and inclusion in achieving health and safety goals, are not easy but are an essential element of success. When words and actions are not aligned, they will...

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Safety Week 2022 emphasizes building back connections

Angela Gismondi May 2, 2022 Connected. Supported. Safe. That is the theme of Construction Safety Week 2022 which will be marked May 2 to 6. “It’s appropriate given we’ve been disconnected through the pandemic and now we need to be better connected and supporting each other to keep each other safe,” said Craig Lesurf, president of Gillam Group, who is also chair of the League of Champions and the Ontario General Contractors Association safety committee. “We have always...

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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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Ontario Hires 100 Additional Health and Safety Inspectors

New employees will support business inspection blitz during COVID-19 March 3, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Ontario government has hired over 100 new occupational health and safety inspectors to support business inspection campaigns, and help ensure employees, businesses and the public are protected. The new inspectors have begun a condensed training program, and will begin making field visits, with a mentor, within five weeks of their start date...

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‘It’s just a flu’: COVID prevention rules are often ignored on Toronto construction sites, workers tell the Star

By Rosa Saba, Toronto Star Business ReporterTue., Feb. 16, 2021 Construction workers say that many work sites in Toronto deemed essential during the stay-at-home order are rife with COVID-19 rule violations, including people working in confined spaces while not wearing face masks. However, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour and other industry groups see things differently, saying they have been impressed with most employers’ oversight during the pandemic and that the government...

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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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MOL, OPP investigating fatal workplace accident in Severn, Ont.

File photo supplied by the Ontario Provincial Police The Ministry of Labour, alongside police from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment and the OPP, continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 69-year-old man in an industrial accident near Port Severn. Police say Istvan Kokai, of Burlington, was fatally injured on Dec. 8, while working at a construction site at the Lock 45 dam on the Severn River and pronounced dead at the scene. At about 3:50 p.m., members of...

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Stunned construction industry asks: How did deadly collapse happen?

Norman De Bono, The London Free Press The deaths of two men – John Martens, 21, and Henry Harder, 26 – and injuries to four others have shaken the industry, with at least one longtime developer doubling-down on safety procedures at his sites in the wake of Friday’s incident. “The whole industry, the whole city, is talking about this tragedy. No one should die going to work,” said Southside Group President Vito Frijia, one of the most experienced builders in...

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Pedestrian Fatality in Richmond Hill, Worker/Driver Sentenced

December 7, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Peter Bransfield of Barry’s Bay, an employee of Aecon Construction and Materials Limited, a developer and constructor of infrastructure. Location of Workplace: A construction project on Yonge Street between Highway 7 and Major Mackenzie Drive in Richmond Hill. Description of Offence: A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a pick-up truck being operated in reverse. Date of...

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Teacher at Toronto school fined for allegedly not wearing a mask

Codi Wilson Web Content Writer, CP24 @CodiWilson TORONTO — A teacher at a Toronto Catholic school that was shut down earlier this month following an outbreak of COVID-19 has been fined after the Ministry of Labour says the employee allegedly failed to wear protective equipment required by their employer. In a statement sent to CP24, a spokesperson for the ministry confirmed that health and safety inspectors were called to St. Charles Catholic School, located near Dufferin Street...

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