Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites

March 29, 2020 1:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement today regarding health and safety on construction sites: “The health and safety of construction workers is a top priority for our government. With the COVID-19 situation changing day by day, we are working to ensure that workers have the tools they need to help keep job sites safe. We...

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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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Ball Construction, Inc., Fined $55,000 After Two Workers Injured

March 5, 2020 3:00 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Ball Construction Inc., 5 Shirley Ave., Kitchener, ON. Location of Workplace: 530 Manitou Dr., Kitchener, ON. Description of Offence: On July 18, 2018, Ball Construction Inc. failed, as a constructor, to ensure the measures and procedures prescribed by section 26.1(1) of Ontario Regulation 213/91 were carried out at the project. Date of Offence: July 18, 2018. Date of...

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Great Northern Insulation Fined $125,000 After Worker Fatality

March 2, 2020 10:30 A.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Great Northern Insulation (GNI), a Woodstock ON insulation company Location of Workplace: Gravenhurst, ON. Description of Offence: Failing to take reasonable precautions in the circumstances for the protection of a worker from the hazard of being struck by a moving vehicle not adequately immobilized when installing tire chains contrary to section 25(2)(h) of the OHSA. Date of...

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4-Way Metal Fabricators Ltd. Toronto Fined $65,000 After Worker Injured

February 28, 2020 3:30 P.M. Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: 4-Way Metal is a custom metal fabrication company located at 161 Parr Boulevard, Bolton, ON. Location of Workplace: 161 Parr Boulevard, Bolton, ON. Description of Offence: Failing as employer to ensure measures and procedures prescribed in section 25 of O. Reg. 851/90 were carried out, contrary to section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Date of...

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Ontario Preparing People for Skilled Trades Careers in Thunder Bay

Government Investing in Anishinabek Employment and Training Services Centre and Supercom Industries Skills Training Programs Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development THUNDER BAY – Ontario is addressing a looming skilled trades shortage by investing in training for Indigenous people in the Thunder Bay area. The Province announced funding of nearly $2 million today for two separate projects. Today, on behalf of Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills...

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