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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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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