First Nickel Inc. Fined $1.3 Million After Two Workers Killed At Mine

Convicted: First Nickel Inc., 1000 Gordon Lake Road, Chelmsford, Ontario, a mining company. Location: Lockerby Mine, Chelmsford, Ontario. Description of Offence: Two workers died after a fall of material. Date of Offence: May 6, 2014. Date of Sentence: February 20, 2018. Penalty Imposed:  Following a trial, the company was fined $1.3 million by JudgeDavid Stone in Sudbury court; Crown Counsel David McCaskill. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the...

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Two Companies Fined A Total Of $285,000 After Worker Fatally Electrocuted By Overhead Lines

Convicted: PGC Services Inc., 180 Ram Forest Road, Gormley, Ontario, a company that provides hydro vacuum excavation to the construction and utilities industries; K-Line Maintenance & Construction Limited, 12731 Highway 48, Stouffville, Ontario, a company that provides design, procurement, construction and maintenance services for overhead distribution lines. Location: A K-Line construction project located along the north side of Highway 7 east of Dufferin Street in Thornhill. Description...

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Company Fined $125,000 For Death Of Worker Struck By Falling Conveyor Frame

Convicted: R. J. Cyr Company Inc., 5015 Eighth Concession Road, RR#3, Maidstone, Ontario, is a metal fabrication company that specializes in conveyors. Location: The company’s facility in Maidstone, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker was killed while lifting conveyor frames with a crane and placing them on a support structure. The materials should have been clamped to the support structure before detaching the crane. Date of Offence: November 16, 2016. Date of Conviction: February...

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Dump Truck Tips Over, Mine Company Fined $70,000 For Worker’s Injuries

Convicted: Detour Gold Corporation, 199 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario. Location: Workplace: Detour Lake Gold mine, about 185 km northeast of Cochrane, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker hauling rocks in a dump truck being operated in reverse was critically injured when the truck fell and flipped over on its roof. There was no berm (protective barrier) to support the truck and the road gave way beneath the truck. Date of Offence: August 24, 2014. Date of Conviction: November 27...

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Recent Court Decision Sheds New Light On Level of Due Diligence Required by Employers

  Health and Safety continues to be a shifting paradigm. On December 20, 2017, a significant decision was rendered by the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The underlined excerpts below present a further shift in this paradigm. Employers know that taking every reasonable precaution is a standard mandated in the Act. The importance of this recent decision lies in its interpretation of the “General Duty Clause” (25(2)(h). The judge clearly states compliance with regulations may not be enough...

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Roofing Company Fined $55,000 After Worker Falls Through Roof Opening In Brampton

Convicted: Always Roofing Ltd., 97 Homesdale Road, York, Ontario, a company engaged in commercial, industrial and institutional roofing work throughout southern Ontario. Location: 230 Advance Boulevard, Brampton, Ontario. Description of Offence: Roofing workers removed a skylight but did not install a guardrail system around the opening or place a protective covering over the opening as required by safety regulations. A worker fell through the skylight opening. Date of Offence: December 7...

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Brampton Roofing Manufacturer Fined $65,000 After Worker Injury

Convicted: I.G. Machine & Fibers Ltd., a company that produces residential and commercial roofing products. Location: 87 Orenda Road, Brampton. Description of Offence: A worker was pulled into the rollers of a laminator machine and suffered critical injuries. Date of Offence: August 8, 2016. Date of Conviction: January 9, 2018. Penalty Imposed Following a guilty plea, the company was fined $65,000 by Justice of the Peace Richard Quon in Brampton court; Crown Counsel Indira Stewart. The...

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Freight Company Fined $85,000 After Worker Suffers Permanent Injury

Convicted: Consolidated Fastfrate Inc., a national provider of logistic services, including shipping and warehousing. Location: 9701 Highway 50, Woodbridge, Ontario; the company operates freight shipping services at this location. Description of Offence: A worker who was operating a forklift struck another worker who could not be seen because the forklift operator had an obstructed view of the forklift’s path of travel. The injured worker suffered a permanent injury. Date of...

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Bruce Power Fined $110,000 After Worker Injury At Lake Huron Plant

Convicted: Bruce Power Inc., 177 Tie Road, Tiverton, Ontario Location: Bruce “B” Nuclear Generating Station power plant on Lake Huron, near Tiverton, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker suffered critical injuries while performing maintenance on a generator at the power plant. Date of Offence: February 1, 2016. Date of Conviction: December 6, 2017. Penalty Imposed The company was fined $110,000 by Justice of the Peace Michael A. Cuthbertson in Owen Sound court; Crown Counsel...

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Company Fined $60,000 After Worker Falls From Peterborough Building

Convicted: Pro Renovations Solutions Inc.,11-4040 Creditview Road, Suite 193, Mississauga, a company subcontracted to make repairs to an apartment building in Peterborough, Ontario. Location of Worksite: Clonsilla Avenue in Peterborough. Description of Offence: A worker on a 10-storey building lost balance at the roof edge and fell to the ground, sustaining critical injuries as a result. The worker was not protected by any form of fall protection while on the roof. Date of Offence: November...

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