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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Grimsby Builder Convicted After Construction Project Collapses

WELLAND, ONTARIO – A construction project that collapsed due to wind load and a lack of bracing and proper anchoring has led to a $20,000 fine against the individual in charge of the project. A storage barn was being built on a residential farm property located at 3357 Regional Road 12, West Lincoln, Ontario. On November 24, 2014, the partially-built, wood-framed storage barn collapsed. The property owner had hired Tom Ivezic to undertake the construction of the storage barn, which was...

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Failure To Meet Workplace Violence And Harassment Requirements Ends in Hefty Fine

WHITBY, ONTARIO – A company that provided security services for Oshawa City Hall has been fined $70,000 for failing to comply with orders to develop workplace harassment and violence prevention programs for its workers. By provincial law, employers must put in place policies on workplace harassment and violence and train their workers about these policies. The shortcomings came to light when a Ministry of Labour inspector conducted an inspection following an injury suffered by an...

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Class action against WSIB claiming unfair benefit cuts given go-ahead

In a Feb. 14, 2017 article, the Toronto Star’s Sara Mojtehedzadeh reports that a lawsuit filed against the WSIB could potentially impact hundreds of workers allegedly denied “full extent of benefits to which they were entitled.” A class action lawsuit alleging Ontario injured workers had their benefits wrongfully slashed has been granted permission to proceed, after the province’s compensation board sought unsuccessfully to block the case.The suit filed by Toronto lawyer...

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Roger Tickner: Safety is always the right choice

High importance placed on workplace safety at new home construction sites. New home builders have many goals, including delivering beautifully designed, well constructed residences that satisfy our buyers’ needs and wants. We also want these homes to be constructed with workers’ safety in mind. The construction industry includes inherent risks, as work sites are ever-changing environments buzzing with a variety of trades people and vehicles. Ladders, heavy equipment, noise, airborne...

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