Bolton Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured by Collapsing Structure

February 8, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Rafat General Contracting Inc., 8850 George Bolton Parkway, Bolton, Ontario, a company that provides excavation, demolition and other services to the construction industry. Location of Worksite: A multi-storey building at 720-728 Yonge Street in Toronto that was being renovated. Description of Offence: A steel structure assembly collapsed, injuring a worker who was doing work in an existing vacant...

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Brantford Company Fined $50,000 for Injuries to Two Workers

January 29, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Lorik Tool & Automation Inc., 19 Copernicus Boulevard, Brantford, Ontario, a small business and manufacturer of custom automated machinery. Location of Worksite: The company’s premises at 19 Copernicus Boulevard in Brantford, Ontario. Description of Offence: Two workers were injured when a heavy electrical panel fell over while it was being moved. The employer failed to ensure that there was...

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Ontario Expands COVID-19 Inspections to Farming Operations

Inspections will help protect temporary foreign workers ahead of the growing and harvesting season January 27, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect farmworkers during the pandemic by expanding provincewide inspections to farms, greenhouses and other agricultural operations to ensure health and safety measures are being followed. “Our government is taking action to protect essential...

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Ontario Expands Big-Box Blitz to Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham Regions

Government stepping up inspections to protect staff and consumers January 23, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development OTTAWA — The Ontario government is carrying out workplace inspections in Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham this weekend to ensure essential businesses that can continue to operate during the provincewide shutdown are following the public health guidelines. The province wants to ensure workers and customers are properly protected from COVID-19. The...

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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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