Workplace Safety: The Stakes Are Too High to Ignore

Over that past year, I’ve seen my share of construction-site injuries and I am almost certain that a good portion of them are because workers adopt wrong or unsafe behavior.  Such behaviour often means taking shortcuts but I believe it’s mostly about workers taking the inherent dangers of the job for granted. Risk is part of a construction worker’s life but by far the biggest challenge is getting workers to put their safety first, and to place the same care and attention on...

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Brampton Employer Fined $80,000 In Worker Injury

BRAMPTON, ON – M & P Tool Products Inc. pleaded guilty in court and received a fine of $80,000 after a worker suffered permanent injuries while operating a machine. M & P Tool Products produces metal parts which are used in the construction of racking structures and the workplace at 43 Regan Road in Brampton contains several industrial presses that are used by workers to create various metal parts. The incident took place on February 23, 2016 and involved a temporary employment...

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Brampton Bottlemaker Fined 100K After Worker Sustains Permanent Injury

BRAMPTON, ON – A bottle-manufacturing company has pleaded guilty and has been fined $100,000 after a worker suffered a permanent injury in Brampton. The company, O-I Canada Corporation, has a principal place of business in Ontario at 777 Kipling Avenue in Toronto and operates a glass manufacturing facility located at 100 West Drive, Brampton. On February 27, 2016, a worker was working at the industrial site in the bottle forming department with a second worker, a machine operator. They...

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Dare Foods Fined $67,500 For Injury To New Worker

KITCHENER, ON – Dare Foods Limited pleaded guilty and has been fined $67,500 after a new worker was injured while cleaning an overhead conveyor. The incident took place on March 1, 2016 at Dare’s Kitchener plant, located at 2481 Kingsway Drive, which produces a variety of snack foods such as cookies and crackers. A worker who began employment at the plant on January 26 was assigned to clean an overhead cross conveyor and a transfer conveyor. The task was to clean and remove the...

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Domtar Fined 50K For Worker Injury In Espanola

ESPANOLA, ON – Paper and wood fibre producer Domtar Inc., pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000 in court after a worker suffered a permanent injury caused by a machine. The incident took place at Domtar’s paper mill in Espanola on 1 Station Road on July 18, 2015. On that day, a worker was cutting a section of dryer felt on a paper machine in the course of performing a repair. The paper machine was mechanically and electrically locked out, as required by Domtar’s policies. Upon...

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Two More TTC Employees, One In Supervisory Role, Fail Drug Tests

– By BEN SPURR, Transportation Reporter, Toronto Star (Thursday June 1, 2017) Four workers have been caught by random drug and alcohol tests since these began May 8. None of them have been drivers. Two more TTC employees failed on-the-job drug tests last month, taking the number of transit workers nabbed by the agency’s new random testing policy to four. “It is, of course, disappointing, and it is always disappointing when we get a positive result,” said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross...

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Pressure Washer Injures Farm Worker, Company Fined $55K

BRANTFORD, ON – Operators of a pig farming facility in Nanticoke pleaded guilty and were fined $55,000 after a worker was injured with a portable washer spray gun. Great Lakes Pork Inc. and Ontario Management Group Inc. form a registered partnership called Paragon Farms. It operates the swine breeding and farrowing operation at 636 Concession 4, Nanticoke. On December 15, 2015 an employee of Paragon was injured while cleaning a stall using a portable washer spray gun supplied and owned by...

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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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