OHS Canada Magazine

Section
Law Files

Feature
August 22, 2016  

Righting a Wrong

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently awarded $266,000 in

Feature
December 23, 2015  

Put to the Test

A recent case that the British Columbia Human Rights

Feature
December 2, 2014  

Express Route to Safety

A bill proposing to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to take violence against transit operators into consideration may result in stiffer penalties against those who assault bus and taxi drivers.

Feature
October 13, 2011  

What Lies Beneath

Excavating and trench work can be like diving into murky water: no one knows exactly what lies below the surface and will never know without getting wet. But unlike swimmers, equipment operators and workers with a job to do cannot opt out of…

Feature
October 12, 2011  

Under the Radar

Public transit workers in Toronto may soon be subject

Feature
July 2, 2011  

COURT CLARIFIES JHSC COVERAGE

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has weighed in

Feature
July 2, 2011  

BEYOND ESTABLISHED BORDERS

Representatives for a popular vacation resort in Ontario plan

Feature
March 2, 2011  

LONG STORY SHORT

A professional engineer facing a charge under Ontario’s Occupational

Feature
December 6, 2010  

Rights and Wrongs

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario seems to be a more frequent stop for injured workers with accommodation concerns since changes to the provincial human rights system were adopted two years ago.

Feature
October 1, 2010  

Seeing the Possibilities

It is often said that hindsight is 20/20. Foresight, however, may be a little less reliable. Sometimes there is no way to envision every conceivable possibility, as an Alberta judge recently noted in …

Feature
April 19, 2010  

Court Adjourned (April 19, 2010)

It has taken 18 years and three court rulings since a deadly explosion at a Northwest Territories mine to get …

Feature
March 1, 2010  

A Firm Footing On Change

It has been around for more than 40 years and has undergone multiple revisions. But now the Canadian standard for gear at the foot of personal protection, the safety boot, is receiving yet another shi…

Feature
January 1, 2010  

Know Your Surroundings

Canada — with its distinctive attribute of sea to sea to sea — demands a sharp eye from employers looking to stay on the right side of occupational health and safety requirements found in various ju…

Feature
December 1, 2009  

Hands-Off Documents

The story has all the makings of a compelling Hollywood flick: a confidential, privileged report a company had been assured would be destroyed finds its way into the hands of a provincial inspector an…

Feature
September 1, 2009  

Taking a Broader View

Tunnel vision — the term can carry hefty negative connotations. That is certainly the case when it comes to occupational health and safety, where failure to consider anything but what’s directly ahead can be hazardous indeed.Take a road…

Feature
July 1, 2009  

Changing The Look Of Violence

Theresa Vince, Pierre Lebrun and Lori Dupont — their names have become synonymous with work-related violence, harassment or both.

Feature
March 1, 2009  

Giant Mine Saga Nears End

THE WIDOWS OF NINE WORKERS killed in a deliberately set explosion during a hard-fought labour dispute at Yellowknife’s Giant Mine have asked Canada’s highest court to decide, once and for all, what co…

Feature
September 1, 2001  

Regina v. INCO: Righting an Old Wrong

MANY WILL SAY that the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in R. v. Inco Limited (released June 6, 2001) has been too long in coming. On the surface, the question at issue was a simple one: When does an inspector, entering the premises of a co…

Feature
July 1, 2000  

DELEGATING SAFETY

Do the contractor safety practices at your workplace consist of reliance on contractual sign-offs in which the contractor agrees to be “fully responsible for compliance with all applicable health and safety legislation and standards”? Or do your p…

Feature
January 1, 2000  

DISCIPLINE FOR SAFETY INFRACTIONS… OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES

The corporation’s thorough written health and safety system has been detailed in all respects to the court in an effort to establish due diligence. Yet several company supervisors, under cross-examination by the prosecution, have now admitted that…