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Court blasts health and safety manager for hiding her injury, WSIB claim from employer

The former health, safety and training manager for a building supply company in Ontario has lost a wrongful dismissal lawsuit she filed after being fired for cause in the wake of a workplace injury she allegedly suffered.


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Dairy equipment maker in Lucan, Ont., fined $120,000 after worker killed by carbon monoxide

On the morning of the incident a worker was sandblasting a metal turret in the abrasive blast room of the company’s Breen Drive facility. At the time the worker was wearing a NOVA 2000 respirator/helmet, gloves and coveralls.


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Industrial camp operator fined $200K by WorkSafeBC after worker found dead from COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak at Sanataa Lodge in Dawson Creek, operated by Horizon North Camp & Catering and Dexterra Group, not only resulted in a worker’s death but also exposed serious deficiencies in the implementation of health and safety protocols, according to redacted reports prepared by WorkSafeBC and obtained by OHS Canada.

Cement company fined $190,000 after three workers injured by flash fire at Picton, Ont., plant

A kiln at the plant had been running on coal dust. It was going to be switched over to natural gas so that the maintenance workers could change the jet air blower in its coal feed system.

B.C. government fined $710K for unsafe wildfire mitigation work, plans to appeal ruling by WorkSafeBC

In a penalty summary posted to its website, WorkSafeBC said it inspected the worksite — where tree falling and other wildfire fuel reduction activities were taking place — and “observed evidence of unsafe falling cuts, including stumps with insufficient holding wood.”

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Criminal prosecutions appear to be rising for health and safety crimes: Norm Keith

The enduring legal legacy of the Westray Mine disaster in Nova Scotia is the Bill C-45 amendment to the Criminal Code that established the new crime of occupational health and safety (OHS) criminal negligence for individuals and organizations. » Read More...

Municipal owners are also ’employers’ under OHS law: Breaking down the Sudbury Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent 4-4 split decision in R. v. Greater Sudbury (City) [2] has affirmed the legal responsibility, and potential liability, of an owner of a construction project to comply with the legal duties of an employer as defined in Ontario’s occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation. » See the Photos

Does OHS inspector misconduct in Ontario reveal deeper problems?

Recent reports of misconduct by Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) inspectors in Ontario has garnered national attention. News sources as diverse as the Toronto Star, trade media and the Toronto Sun have covered reports of the investigation and termination of anywhere from 22 to 50 OHS inspectors in Ontario for just cause. » Read More...

Federal agency wants to fine Wisconsin sawmill $1.4 million for violations found after teen’s death

A federal agency wants to fine a northern Wisconsin sawmill more than $1 million after inspectors said they found “egregious” violations at the site following a June accident that killed a teenage worker. » Read More...

Federal labour investigators say Mississippi’s poultry company’s inaction led to the death of a teenage worker

A Mississippi poultry plant's failure to follow safety protocols led to the death of a 16-year-old worker who was pulled into a machine, federal regulators said last week. » Read More...

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

One of the largest labor organizations in the United States petitioned the federal government Thursday to wrest workplace safety oversight from South Carolina regulators accused of failing to protect service employees. » Read More...