Safety Of Toronto Trails To Be Reviewed After 5-Year-Old Cyclist’s Death

The review will first address pressing safety risks, including problems on the stretch of Lake Shore Blvd. W. where Xavier Morgan died last week after falling from a bike path into traffic. A bouquet of flowers marks the spot on the Martin Goodman Trail where 5-year-old Xavier Morgan was killed last week after falling from his bike.  (Steve Russell / Toronto Star)  City hall is undertaking an immediate safety review of Toronto’s approximately 300-kilometre network of...

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Statement From Minister Flynn On The Release Of The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn issued the following statement in response to the final report released today: “The Government of Ontario released the Changing Workplaces Review final report this morning. This is Ontario’s first independent review in more than a generation to seek recommendations for legislative changes to the province’s Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act. I want to thank the special advisors C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray...

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Director Of Roofing Company Jailed, Fined $10K For Failure To Follow Safety Rules

BELLEVILLE, ON – An employer with two previous convictions for safety violations has been sentenced to one day imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 for ignoring safety regulations. No one fell or was injured. The employer, Steve Bell, was charged with failing as an employer to ensure a worker was adequately protected from falling. By law the worker should have been using a travel restraint system, fall-restricting system, fall arrest system or a safety net. On October 7, 2015, a Ministry of...

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Sask. Construction Industry Concerned About Workplace Safety Once Marijuana Legalized

Many industries in Saskatchewan do routine drug testing on their employees for safety reasons. One of the primary drugs they look for is marijuana, leading to many questions for the industry once it’s legalized. Will employees be able to work on the job site safely and return home unscathed at the end of the day? It’s a question leaders in safety sensitive industries say will become increasingly difficult for them to know with any certainty once marijuana is legalized in...

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Ontario Moving Forward With Recommendations To Prevent Workplace Violence

Ontario is continuing to enhance safety for health care professionals at work by implementing recommendations from the Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Report, released today. Due to the nature of their work, health care workers, including nurses and doctors, face a number of workplace hazards such as exposure to infectious diseases, ergonomic hazards, slips, trips and falls, as well as violence. “Violence in our workplaces will not be tolerated. Progress on workplace violence in...

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Non-Union Builders Group Push For Drug Tests For All NYC Construction Workers

  A group of non-union contractors is pushing to mandate drug and alcohol testing for all city construction workers. Associated Builders and Contractors wrote to the City Council asking for the requirement to be added to a controversial package of construction safety legislation the Council is considering. “The reality is that drugs and alcohol are likely among the leading causes of injury to construction workers. It would be strange to pass worksite safety legislation while ignoring...

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Fewer Workplace Injuries, Fatalities in 2015-16, Ontario Report Reveals

  TORONTO — Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis has released his annual report highlighting significant improvements in workplace safety in the past year. The Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario: 2015-16 Annual Report revealed that in 2015 Ontario had fewer occupational injury and illness claims, fewer critical injury events and fewer workplace fatalities. Among the highlights identified by Gritziotis, over 106,000 workers were trained in the new Working at...

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Province Releases Action Plan To Prevent Worker Injuries And Fatalities

Ontario is helping to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities for workers on construction sites across the province through the implementation of its Construction Health and Safety Action Plan.Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn announced the plan today at the construction site for the new courthouse in Toronto. Created with input from construction employers, workers and other industry stakeholders, Ontario’s plan contains 16 recommendations to strengthen the prevention of...

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Keeping People Safe At Work Is Not Just A Duty, It’s The Right Thing To Do

Workplace safety is an area of concern for many sectors and industries, but especially for the construction sector, because it has one of the highest rates of accidents and injuries, even deaths, of any workplace category. Constructors, contractors, builders and developers have no greater responsibility than to ensure that every worker goes home to his or her family at the end of the day. That’s why efforts in reducing the rate of injury on construction sites is of utmost importance;...

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