LCBO Fined 100K For 2013 Accident at Brampton Store

  BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) was found guilty after a trial and fined $100,000 after a worker was injured and a LCBO location was found to have an unsafe work environment. On April 24, 2013, a LCBO worker was moving a pallet of product using a forklift at the LCBO store located at 170 Sandalwood Parkway in Brampton. As the worker began to insert the forks into the pallet, a sound was heard which caused the worker to get out of the forklift and...

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Airline’s Crisis Management Response Crashes And Burns

If there’s one take-away from the disturbing aftermath of the United Airlines passenger-extraction fiasco, it’s how quickly a badly managed incident turned into a disastrous PR crisis. The bungled response will no doubt fester in the annals of history for the once-reputable airline company. That’s bad. Really bad. And too bad for United Airlines. Having dealt with a few work-related crisis over the course of my career, the first thing any sensible organization should have...

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Random Drug Testing At Forefront Of Safety-Sensitive Work

  The growing movement to legalize marijuana for recreational use mixed in with random drug and alcohol testing in the workplace brings to light a myriad of complex issues to the forefront of occupational safety and the implications for work. Just recently, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) announced they plan to begin random testing after an Ontario Superior Court judge upheld its plan to test its employees for drug and alcohol use – a refreshing development in the TTC’s ongoing...

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Sleep Country Fined 60K After Delivery Worker Critically Injured

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Mattress retailer Sleep Country Canada Inc. pleaded guilty and has been fined $60,000 after a worker was critically injured in traffic while completing a delivery in north Toronto. On January 21, 2016, a worker employed by Sleep Country as a delivery helper was making an evening delivery with a co-worker at an apartment building on the south side of Finch Avenue West near Weston Road. Finch Avenue West at that location consists of two eastbound lanes, two westbound...

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MOL Launches 2017-18 Blitz Schedule

The Province has announced its latest list of targeted workplace inspection blitzes, over the next year. Each year, the Ministry of Labour schedules inspection blitzes and initiatives in specific sectors to protect workers’ rights under both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act, and enhance employers’ awareness of their responsibilities. As usual, the focus of their workplace inspection blitzes and initiatives for 2017-18.  are announced ahead of...

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Scaffolding Tops Top-10 Construction Hazards

  Don’t fear the Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspector. While it can be a bit intimidating to subject your construction site to such in-depth scrutiny, having an MOL inspector drop in to your workplace should be treated as a litmus test for your efforts to maintain a safe work environment. After all, they have seen it all – good and bad. Recently,  the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) spoke to Michael Chappell, Provincial Co-ordinator for the MOL Construction...

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WAH Training Deadline Extended to Oct. 1

The Ministry of Labour has extended by six months the April 1 compliance deadline for construction workers to get their new Working at Heights training. The new deadline is October 1 – meaning all Ontario construction site employers will have until then to ensure workers who use fall protection systems on their projects, have taken a new Ministry of Labour-approved Working at Heights (WAH) safety training course. The extension applies only to experienced workers – those who...

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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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