Ontario’s Safe Employers Receiving up to $1.5 Billion Rebate

Rebate will support businesses, maintain jobs and help safe employers impacted by COVID-19 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Ontario’s safe employers are receiving a rebate of up to $1.5 billion as Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) surplus funds are returned for the first time. This rebate will give 300,000 businesses back approximately 30 per cent of their annual premium payments, helping create new jobs and allowing for bigger paycheques for...

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Critical Injury Results in $55,000 Fine for Goodwood Company

Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Trisan General Contractors Inc., 5339 4th Concession Road, Goodwood ON. Trisan provides high rise building restoration, demolition and other construction related services. Location of Workplace: 18 Namco Road, Etobicoke ON, M9W1M5 Description of Offence: A worker performing work for Trisan General Contractors Inc. was critically injured while working on an excavator. The employer failed to take the reasonable...

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Workplace Injury Results in $100,000 Fine for Guelph Company

Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Skyjack Inc., 287 Speedvale Avenue West, Guelph, Ontario. The company is a manufacturer of elevating work platforms. Location of Workplace: 201 Woodlawn Road, Guelph, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker suffered serious burns resulting from a spark from the welding process. The employer should have provided apparel sufficient to protect the worker from injury. Date of Offence: December 12, 2019. Date of...

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Employer fined five-figure sum plus 25-per-cent surcharge for incident

An Ontario employer has been fined $85,000 after a worker suffered a critical injury. 1086289 Ontario Inc. o/a Urban Electrical Contractors must also pay a 25-per-cent surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act, to be credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime. The incident took place on March 8, 2020, when an electrician employed by the company was working at a construction project entailing the renovation of an existing commercial...

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Ontario Nominates New WSIB Chair and President

Nominees will lead the agency in helping injured workers, supporting safe employers and modernizing services TORONTO — Ontario has nominated Grant Walsh as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and Jeffery Lang as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Walsh and Mr. Lang will play key leadership roles in implementing important initiatives at the WSIB, such as using best practices and scientific evidence to help identify and...

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OH&S Legal Update: Government makes important OH&S law changes, quietly

Norm Keith – Daily Commercial News The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) passed another set of changes to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) law in Ontario. The legal changes place a higher regulatory burden and enforcement risk on employers while potentially undermining trust and co-operation at projects. Information gathered by employer’s safety representatives and committees may now be “brown enveloped” to MLTSD investigators and used against...

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Critical Injury at Vaughan Facility Results in $80,000 Fine for British Columbia-based Company

Convicted: Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp., a British Columbia registered corporation with Ontario offices at 5 Marmac Drive, Suite 200, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 1E7, is a company that manufactures baked goods and supplies retailers and the foodservice industry. Location of Workplace: The company’s production facility at 7245 Highway 50, Vaughan, ON L4H 3N5. Description of Offence: A worker was injured after not being made aware of workplace hazards. Date of...

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Critical Injury at Greenhouse Facility Results in $70,000 Fine for Chatham-based Company

Convicted: 2332381 Ontario Inc. operating as Truly Green, 162 Bloomfield Road, Chatham, ON N7M 0R4, a company that operates a greenhouse at which it grows tomatoes. Location of Workplace: 162 Bloomfield Road, Chatham, ON N7M 0R4. Description of Offence: A worker was critically injured while performing work at the company’s facility. Date of Offence: January 6, 2020. Date of Conviction: November 24, 2021. Penalty Imposed: Following a guilty plea in...

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Worker Injured at Transformer Facility, Maple, ON Company Fined $50,000

Convicted: Northern Transformer Corporation, 245 McNaughton Road East, Maple, ON L6A 4P5, a company that manufactures electrical transformers. Location of Workplace: 245 McNaughton Road East, Maple, Ontario Description of Offence: A worker was critically injured while performing work at the company’s manufacturing facility. Date of Offence: May 24, 2019. Date of Conviction: October 1, 2021. Penalty Imposed: Following a guilty plea in provincial...

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Injury Results in $70,000 Fine for Oakville-based Company

Convicted: Accuristix, Inc., 2844 Bristol Circle, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 6G4, a company which provides services to the healthcare industry that operates a warehouse in Woodbridge. Location of Workplace: 122 Stone Ridge Road, Woodbridge, Vaughan, Ontario, L4H 0A5. Description of Offence: A worker suffered a critical injury while performing work at the Woodbridge warehouse. Date of Offence: October 18, 2019. Date of Conviction: October 1, 2021. Penalty...

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