Worker Fined $10,000 After Injury From Falling Debris at Toronto Hotel

September 28, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Giuseppe Scarfone, residing in Mount Hope, Ontario. Location of Workplace: Westin Toronto Airport Hotel, 950 Dixon Road, Etobicoke, Ontario. Description of Offence: A person in a room below an area undergoing renovations was struck by debris from through the ceiling, where a worker was cutting through the floor. The defendant worker failed to ensure that the core drilling system was used in accordance...

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Ontario Updates COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

TORONTO — Today, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health issued the following statement outlining updated COVID-19 testing guidelines for Ontario:  “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario has adhered to public health measures and established a strong foundation for testing and case and contact management that allowed us to rapidly identify and contain any COVID-19 outbreaks. To support this, Ontario established a provincial COVID-19 lab network with...

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Ontario Set to Employ the Largest Number of Labour Inspectors in Provincial History

New Inspectors will help Keep Workers Safe on the Job during COVID-19 September 23, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills DevelopmentTable of Contents TORONTO – The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, there will be more labour inspectors on the ground than ever...

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Injury Caused by Steel Bar Results in $40,000 Fine for Harrow Manufacturer

September 22, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Sellick Equipment Ltd., a manufacturer and supplier of heavy machinery and rough terrain equipment, with an industrial plant located in Harrow, Ontario. Location of Workplace: 2131 Roseborough Road, Harrow. Description of Offence: A worker suffered critical injuries when  a steel bar fell from an industrial magnet. The employer had failed to maintain a lift magnet in good condition. Date of...

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Worker’s Death in Oshawa Results in $125,000 Fine for Concord Contractor

September 21, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Orin Contractors Corp., 100 Macintosh Blvd., Concord, Ontario, a contractor providing municipal construction. Location of Workplace: Verdun Avenue in Oshawa. Description of Offence: A worker was killed when the scoop bucket attachment on an excavator fell on the worker. A hydraulic coupler attached to the excavator was operated in a manner that was not in accordance with the bucket attachment...

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Worker’s Fall from Platform Results in $60,000 Fine for Caledon Company

September 21, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted:  Aurora King Masonry Ltd., 76 Wiltshire Avenue, Toronto, a company specializing in masonry work. Location of Workplace: 12600 Kennedy Road, Caledon. Description of Offence: A worker received critical injuries after falling from a platform. By law, a work platform over 2.4 metres (7.87 feet) must have a guardrail. Date of Offence: January 12, 2019. Date of...

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Printing Plant Injury Results in $65,000 Fine for Company in Brampton

September 21, 2020 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Imprimeries Transcontinental 2005 S.E.N.C., 1500 Boul. Jules Poitras Ville St. Laurent, Quebec, a company that provides services in the commercial printing industry across Canada. Location of Workplace: 138 East Drive, Brampton. Description of Offence: A worker suffered critical injuries from being pulled into machinery that should have been locked out. The company failed to provide information...

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Province Recognizes the Dedication, Commitment and Courage of Ontario Workers on Labour Day

Statement September 7, 2020 TORONTO — Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement to mark Labour Day: “Every year, on Labour Day, we celebrate the achievements and sacrifice of workers from every sector of our economy. This year is like no other as workers face the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. From the doctors, nurses, paramedics, personal support workers and pharmacists who are caring and...

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Keeping Students and Staff Safe as They Return to School

STATEMENT Toronto — Today, the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education issued the following statement on students returning to school over the coming days.  “While COVID-19 has forced upon us many changes to our schools and our lives, some things remain constant. The importance of quality education, our collective mental health, and the safety of our students and staff.  This year is like no other in our past.  I am fiercely proud of our province, and our...

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Tower-crane safety focus of inspection blitz

In the wake of two recent tower crane incidents in Toronto, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) has announced a compliance blitz targeting every tower crane across the province. Beginning August 31, 2020 through December 13, 2020, inspectors will be checking for records on the condition of the tower crane, before and after erection, and ensure that design drawings for the installation of a tower crane were done by a professional engineer. Inspectors will also...

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