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Roofer banned from construction industry by Ontario court due to multiple safety violations

Steven Bell, sole proprietor of a roofing company, was given a suspended sentence — subject to a probationary order — that strips him of the right to work or employ anyone, directly or indirectly, in the construction industry.

Nova Scotia premier says no word on reopening of Donkin mine after meeting company

The immediate future of Cape Breton's Donkin coal mine remained murky last week following a meeting between company officials and Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston. The underground operation has been shut down since the province imposed a stop-work order in response to a rockfall in July, and owner Kameron Coal Management Ltd., has since laid off its 130-member workforce.

Flight safety in Canada is plummeting, a confidential UN agency report finds

Canada has received a C grade on flight safety and oversight — down from an A+ and far below most of its peers — according to a draft report from a United Nations agency. The confidential audit from the International Civil Aviation Organization and obtained by The Canadian Press says the country has fallen precipitously to a score of 64 out of 100, with three safety areas in particular seeing a big drop-off.

TSB calls for better jurisdictional safety co-operation in wake of Nunavut commercial fishing death

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is calling for better co-operation between jurisdictions — including itself, the Department of Employment and Social Development, and Territorial governments — in the wake of a commercial fishing accident that left one worker dead.

WorkSafeBC looking for feedback on requirements for three-point seat belts in high-risk vehicles

The proposed changes would mandate minimum three-point seat belts in specific high-risk environments, particularly for certain types of ROPS-equipped (Roll-Over Protective Structure) prime movers. These include haul trucks, prime movers used in forestry operations or for activities related to fighting forest fires, and those used for land clearing on steep slopes exceeding 35%.

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Maple Leaf Foods fined $170,000 after contractor hurt repairing industrial fans

At the time of the incident an apprentice millwright employed by a third-party company was conducting maintenance and repair work at the Brantford facility. The worker was sent to investigate the malfunction of two process fans located inside a freezer. » Read More...

Ontario Court of Appeal upholds reduction of fine against Toromont in electrical explosion

The Ontario Court of Appeal has rejected a motion by the Crown to appeal a ruling that reduced a penalty in an electrical explosion that seriously injured a worker. The case originated from an incident on a construction project at the Southwest Detention Centre in Windsor, Ont., where a worker, employed by Toromont Industries Ltd. and subcontracted to J.M.R. Electric Ltd., suffered severe burns. » See the Photos

Opioids in the Workplace: Call for speakers for this important discussion

Opioids are having a devastating impact on communities, and workplaces often find themselves on the front lines of substance abuse disorders. With this in mind, OHS Canada is partnering with Talent Canada to present a special virtual event on Opioids in the Workplace on Jan. 31, 2024. » Read More...
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2 nurses, medical resident injured in attack at New Jersey hospital, authorities say

Two nurses and a medical resident were stabbed Friday inside a New Jersey pediatric intensive care unit, suffering cuts, and a woman has been arrested and charged in the attack, authorities said. » Read More...

Labour union asks federal regulators to oversee South Carolina workplace safety program

One of the largest labour organizations in the United States petitioned the federal government last week to wrest workplace safety oversight from South Carolina regulators accused of failing to protect service employees. South Carolina is one of 22 states allowed to run its own ship when it comes to enforcing occupational safety in most private businesses. » Read More...

Officer and utility worker killed in hit and run crash near Boston; suspect also accused of stealing cruiser

A pickup truck driver in a suburb of Boston is accused of crashing into a police officer and a utility employee at a work site, killing them, then pulling a knife on another officer before stealing his cruiser and crashing, law enforcement officials said. » Read More...


Could visiting a museum be the secret to a healthy life?

It’s Saturday morning. You are barely awake, with a cup of coffee in your hand, and your gaze wanders to the window. It’s raining. So you make up your mind. This afternoon, you will go to a museum. But what if, without realizing it, you just made a good decision for your health? » Read More...

The intersection of governance and psychological health and safety

he Governance & Accountability Institute in New York City estimates that 90 per cent of S&P 500 companies publish ESG reports in some form, and a recent McKinsey & Company report suggested that approximately 70 per cent of Russell 1000 companies post them. Bill Howatt and Troy Winters take a deep dive into governance and workplace mental health. » Read More...


Make It Safe Okanagan 2024 

April 18, 2024 | Coast Capri Hotel, Kelowna, B.C. » Read More...