Death of Supervisor Results in $200,000 Fine for Hamilton Construction Company

Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: McNally Construction Inc., head office 1855 Barton Street East, Hamilton, Ontario, a business in the construction and tunnelling industry. Description of Offence: A worker was fatally injured when a mini-excavator being operated in a pipe tipped over. The mini-excavator did not have the required cab or screen, which might have protected the worker. Date of Offences: June 21, 2018. Date of Conviction: February 11...

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Worker Injured by Moving Machinery, Burlington Company Fined $90,000

February 10, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Cogent Power Inc., 845 Laurentian Drive, Burlington, a manufacturer of transmission equipment for distribution of electrical energy.   Location of Workplace: The company’s manufacturing plant located at its Laurentian Drive head office location in Burlington. Description of Offence: A worker was injured after becoming caught in moving machinery which had not been equipped with a guard or...

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Retailers Show Improvement in Complying with Public Health Guidelines

Workplace inspections are helping create safer workplaces in Ontario February 10, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — Ontario’s provincial offences officers have visited more than 2,308 big-box stores and other essential retail businesses across the province in 2021, and those complying with public health guidelines have increased by almost 19 per cent over three consecutive weeks. To date, 218 tickets have been issued to businesses and individuals...

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Strapping Machine Injury Results in $65,000 Fine for Mill Operator

February 9, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Norbord Inc., 1 Toronto Street, Suite #600, Toronto, Ontario, an international company that produces wood-based products, including Oriented Strand Board (OSB), a type of engineered wood. Location of Workplace: A mill operated by Norbord Inc. at 181 Nighswander Road in Berwick, Ontario (Rainy River District). Description of Offence: A worker was injured when a machine activated unexpectedly. The machine...

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Bolton Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured by Collapsing Structure

February 8, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Rafat General Contracting Inc., 8850 George Bolton Parkway, Bolton, Ontario, a company that provides excavation, demolition and other services to the construction industry. Location of Worksite: A multi-storey building at 720-728 Yonge Street in Toronto that was being renovated. Description of Offence: A steel structure assembly collapsed, injuring a worker who was doing work in an existing vacant...

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Brantford Company Fined $50,000 for Injuries to Two Workers

January 29, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: Lorik Tool & Automation Inc., 19 Copernicus Boulevard, Brantford, Ontario, a small business and manufacturer of custom automated machinery. Location of Worksite: The company’s premises at 19 Copernicus Boulevard in Brantford, Ontario. Description of Offence: Two workers were injured when a heavy electrical panel fell over while it was being moved. The employer failed to ensure that there was...

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Ontario Expands COVID-19 Inspections to Farming Operations

Inspections will help protect temporary foreign workers ahead of the growing and harvesting season January 27, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO – The Ontario government is taking additional measures to protect farmworkers during the pandemic by expanding provincewide inspections to farms, greenhouses and other agricultural operations to ensure health and safety measures are being followed. “Our government is taking action to protect essential...

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Ontario Expands Big-Box Blitz to Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham Regions

Government stepping up inspections to protect staff and consumers January 23, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development OTTAWA — The Ontario government is carrying out workplace inspections in Ottawa, Windsor, Niagara and Durham this weekend to ensure essential businesses that can continue to operate during the provincewide shutdown are following the public health guidelines. The province wants to ensure workers and customers are properly protected from COVID-19. The...

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Ontario Expands Workplace Enforcement Campaigns

Provincewide inspection blitzes will ensure essential businesses are operating safely January 20, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development TORONTO — The Ontario government is expanding the current workplace inspection campaign to further protect workers and customers at essential businesses. Following last week’s big-box store blitz, provincial offences officers will be now be visiting an expanded range of workplaces across Ontario to educate and ticket businesses...

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Cobalt Mining Company Fined $75,000 After Worker Injured by Conveyor

January 19, 2021 Labour, Training and Skills Development Convicted: SMC (Canada) Ltd., a company that extracts and recovers precious metals in mining mills near Cobalt, Ontario. Location of Worksite: The company’s operations near Cobalt, Ontario. Description of Offence: A worker suffered a critical injury after becoming entangled in machinery. The machinery should have had a guard to prevent workers from coming into contact with moving parts. Date of...

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