Roofing Company Fined 40K For Obstruction Of Labour Inspector, Safety Violations

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO – Sunny Roofing Inc., a roofing company based in the Greater Toronto Area, was fined a total of $40,000 in court for health and safety violations that included obstruction of a Ministry of Labour inspector during an investigation and failing to ensure its workers had mandatory fall protection and safety equipment. Obstructing an inspector in the performance of the inspector’s duties is an offence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). On July 13...

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Company Fined 50K After Two Workers Injured In Cage Collapse

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO – Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd., a  company that designs and installs soil retention systems and caisson foundations, pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after two workers were injured when a reinforcing cage collapsed with the workers in it. The company had been retained to undertake construction of a foundation for a new hydro tower at 88 Niagara Boulevard in Fort Erie and on November 13, 2015, two workers were working inside a cylindrical cage made...

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Ministry Blitz Sheds Light On The Dangers Of Fall Hazards

It’s fair to say that the construction industry suffers a disproportionate share of occupational fatalities and lost-time injuries. While falls are a leading cause of worker injuries and deaths, nearly all of these incidents are preventable. From May 16 to July 15, 2016, the Ministry of Labour targeted potential fall hazards during a safety blitz at hundreds of workplaces across province. In all, construction inspectors conducted 2,316 field visits to 1,994 workplaces and issued 5,542...

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Working At Heights Training Deadline Fast Approaching

As of April 1, 2017, Ontario employers are legally required to ensure workers who use fall protection systems on construction projects, have taken a new Ministry of Labour-approved Working at Heights (WAH) safety training course. The legislation came about following a tragic Christmas Eve workplace incident in Toronto in 2009, that occurred when a suspended scaffold collapsed and four workers lost their lives and another was seriously injured. As a courtesy to all construction site employers...

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Employers want Ottawa’s help to deal with marijuana-smoking workers

A recent CBC News story by Dean Beeby says some employer groups are asking Ottawa not to legalize recreational marijuana until workplace safety issues are resolved. See his report below. More stoned workers will be showing up in Canada’s workplaces with the coming legalization of marijuana, but companies have few tools to cope with potential safety risks. That’s the message from some employers, who say they’ve received no assurances from Ottawa so far that the new pot regime...

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Vaughan Company Fined $75,000 After Worker Critically Injured

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – Martinrea International Inc., carrying on business as Hydroform Solutions, pleaded guilty and has been fined $75,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries   when machinery fell while being lifted with an overhead crane. Martinrea is an automotive parts manufacturer that operates a facility located at 1995 Williams Parkway in Brampton, Ontario. On June 21, 2015, a worker employed by Martinrea at the facility was operating a remote-controlled overhead crane to lift...

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Saskatchewan Court Convicts & Fines Supervisor For Worker’s Electrocution

  Most safety prosecutions involve OHS charges against a company or organization. But individuals such as owners, directors, supervisors and even workers can also be prosecuted. And when individuals are prosecuted, they may raise a due diligence defence just as a company might. A court in Saskatchewan recently convicted a supervisor of two safety offences related to the electrocution of a worker. Here’s a look at that case. THE CASE What Happened: A SaskPower worker, his supervisor and...

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All Workers Are Entitled To A Safe Workplace

Construction sites can be especially dangerous for your health. And unless they’re managed by competent people, they can be deadly, too. Though much improvement in safety has been achieved over the past few decades, some segments of the construction industry still continue to fall behind most others with regard to safety. That means that there continues to be a recurring chance of serious injury or even fatal injury, for not only workers, but also those living or travelling and going...

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Roofing Company Fined $57,500 After Worker Falls Through Roof

  WHITBY, ONTARIO – A Mississauga roofing company pleaded guilty and has been fined $57,500 after a worker fell through a roof and was seriously injured. The company, Paiva Roofing Ltd., was working on the roof of an industrial establishment at 850 McKay Road in Pickering on April 30, 2015. The day before, the work crew had removed heating, ventilation and air conditioning cones and other roofing material from the roof. On the morning of the incident, one of the workers went through an...

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Crisis Response More Influential Than Customer Opinion: Study

Weber Shandwick’s study suggests we watch closely when things go bad.   A new global survey suggests that when consumers set about to determine a brand’s quality, they value how a company responds during a crisis almost as much as what other customers say about it… or in Canada’s case, even more so. Weber Shandwick’s second Company Behind the Brand survey of more than 1,050 executives and 2,100 consumers worldwide asked (among other things) what sources informed how they...

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