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Editor's Note 
Welcome to the latest issue of OHS Overtime! Grab a fresh cup of coffee (or a cold glass of water, if the mercury is soaring in your area) and catch up on what's happening in the world of compliance and enforcement.
- Brandi Cowen, Editor

SK company fined $325K after one worker killed and another injured

Spiritwood Stockyards (1984) Ltd. pleaded guilty to two violations of Saskatchewan's Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020, stemming from two separate incidents. The first occurred on Nov. 11, 2021, when a worker was struck by a gate and seriously injured while attempting to load bulls onto a trailer. The second occurred on Jan. 26, 2022, when a worker was fatally injured while attempting to clear snow off a roof and fell through a fiberglass skylight.

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ON construction company fined $80K after two workers injured

Amico Contractors Inc. has been fined $80,000 after two workers were injured falling from a work platform. The workers were setting precast stairs and landings in stair shafts at a construction project in LaSalle, Ont., when they built a work platform and braced it inside the stair shaft. Shortly after the two workers climbed onto the platform to complete their work, the platform fell with both of them on it, causing injuries.

Quarry operator fined $200K for workplace fatality, injury

Buckhorn Sand & Gravel Inc. has been fined $200,000 after one worker was fatally injured and another was critically injured while trying to free a truck lodged on a rock.

Construction company, director fined $117K after worker fatally injured

A small construction company and its director have been fined $117,500 after pleading guilty to violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in an Ontario court. The fine comes after a March 2022 incident that fatally injured an employee working on a roof without guardrail protection or appropriate fall protection equipment.

Oakville Toyota fined $60K after apprentice injured

Oakville Toyota has been fined $60,000 after a worker sustained injuries while performing a diagnostic assessment of a wheel bearing in a truck. The truck was on a lift in the service centre, being assessed for a defective or damaged wheel bearing when the apprentice's hair was drawn into the vehicle's rotating drive shaft.

Workplace injury results in $50K fine for concrete block manufacturer

Richvale York Block Inc. has been fined $50,000 for failing to ensure there was a guardrail at the open side of a raised platform on which a worker stood. The worker was bagging and shrink-wrapping manufactured concrete blocks when they stepped backwards and fell off the platform, sustaining a critical injury.

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Courts must give clear, comprehensive reasons in their judgements

An Ontario court decision provides some insight into why trial courts must give clear and comprehensive reasons in their judgements in occupational health and safety prosecutions. The case has important implications for the legal defence of “due diligence” to the OHS profession. » Read More...

Supervisor in New Brunswick convicted of OHS criminal negligence

A trial decision of the New Brunswick Court of King’s Bench resulted in another prosecution of a supervisor under the Westray Bill amendments to the Criminal Code, effectively establishing a new crime of occupational health and safety criminal negligence. » Read More

Norfolk Southern fined US$15 million as part of federal settlement over Ohio derailment

The U.S. government agreed to a modest US$15 million fine for Norfolk Southern over last year's disastrous derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, and the railroad promised to pay more than US$300 million to complete the efforts to improve safety that it announced after the crash and address community health concerns. » Read More...

Union Pacific undermined regulators' efforts to assess safety, US agency says

U.S. federal regulators claim Union Pacific managers undermined the government's efforts to assess safety at the railroad in the wake of several high-profile derailments across the industry by coaching employees on how to respond and suggesting they might be disciplined. The meddling was so widespread across Union Pacific’s 23-state network that the Federal Railroad Administration reportedly had no choice but to suspend its safety assessment of the company. » Read More...

Amazon's self-driving robotaxi unit Zoox under investigation by US after 2 rear-end crashes

Amazon’s self-driving robotaxi unit is being investigated by the U.S. government’s highway safety agency after two of its vehicles braked suddenly and were rear-ended by motorcyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted on its website it will evaluate the automated driving system developed by Zoox. » Read More...