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Construction Worker Killed in Underground Incident

A man in his 30's has died following an accident at an underground construction site.

 

Peel police were called to the area of Cawthra Road and Hyancinthe Boulevard in Mississauga around 5:45 p.m. for an industrial accident.

 

The cause of the accident is unclear, but one man was pulled from an underground tunnel and pronounced dead.

Three others were also in the tunnel at the time but were not injured.

 

The Ministry of Labour has also been called in to investigate.

 

Source: Citynews.ca

 


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Workplace Health and Safety TIPS

DID YOU KNOW?

The Internal Responsibility System or "IRS" was one of the many recommendation made by the Ham Commission in 1976.  A fundamental philosophy of workplace safety, the IRS system works on the foundation that workplace health and safety is a "shared" responsibility between management and all workers.  With a goal of preventing workplace illnesses, injury and/or disease through proactive intervention and hazard control.

 

Contrary to what some people think, the IRS system is not a reporting hierarchy in the workplace or at a job-site.  It has nothing to do with chain of command or communication.  The IRS can only work through mutual co-operation and voluntary participation of all Employees, Supervisors, Senior Management and the Employer.

 

To find our more information please contact us at: info@totalsafetymanagement.ca.

 

 


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Worker Killed in Industrial Accident

FALL FROM HEIGHTS CLAIMS A WORKER's life

A 60-year old Worker died of injuries after falling from a scissor lift at an industrial site in Richmond Hill  The Worker was carrying out work on the roof when he fell from the lift and sustained cortical injuries.  The male was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

The Ministry of Labour is investigating.

 

This incident highlights the importance of approved Aerial Work Platform (AWP) training and ensuring Workers are tied off at all times while operating AWP equipment while maneuvering on the ground or when working at height.

 

Source: CityNews 

 


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Traffic Safety

SIGNALLER VS TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSON

An Ottawa area Employer was fined $90,000 after a Worker received critical injuries as a result of being struck by equipment reversing without the aid of a qualified signaller in 2018.

 

As required by the OHSA and Regulations, any time the operator's view of the path is obstructed, a Signaller or Traffic Control Person (TCP) is required.  But what is the difference?

 

The easiest way to understand the difference is that a Signaller is someone who assists operators of equipment or moving vehicles on private property, such as a construction site.  A Traffic Control Person (TCP) is someone who conducts traffic control and/or direction on a public roadway and must comply with the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

 

It is vital for everyone's safety that a Signaller or TCP be used.  Equally important is ensuring that Workers receive qualified training by a recognized and accredited training organization.  The liability for Employers and Supervisors is significant.  Make safety training top priority!

 

For more information on Traffic Safety training please contact us at: info@totalsafetymanagement.ca.

 

Source: NewsOntario.ca

 


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Moving Forward Through COVID-19

THE NEW NORMAL

So where do we go from here?  Regardless of what Sector you work in.  We live in a NEW era.  One, that Workers, Supervisors, Employers and Clients must get used to.  Things are will continue to be different.

 

In many ways, implementing new COVID-19 Policies and Procedures is a good test of every company's Emergency Response Plan (ERP).  In particular, Business Continuity planning and Communications.

 

Things will be very different for a long time.  The key to navigating the COVID-19 pandemic is planning.  Both operational and financial.  As well as Employee wellness.  It will take a lot of patience and out-of-the-box thinking.  A true test to Team performance and co-operation under the IRS.

 

For more information on ERP audits and planning please contact us at: info@totalsafetymanagement.ca.

 


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TOTAL Safety Operations

WELCOME to the newest member of the total safety team

TOTAL Safety Management would like to welcome Michelle Solymar as the newest member of our Administrative Support Team.

 

Born and raised in Simcoe, Ontario, Michelle is a graduate of  Niagara College where she completed a General Business Administration Diploma.  Michelle also has an extensive background in marketing and social media.  In her new role, she will be overseeing all daily administrative duties, dispatch and client support.  As well, Michelle will also be co-ordinating TOTAL Safety's social media platforms, including company blogs, FB and Linkedin.

 

We are excited to have Michelle onboard the TOTAL Safety Team and look forward to working with her.  Michelle can be reached at: info@totalsafetymanagement.ca.

 

 


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COVID-19 Policies

COVID-19 POLICIES

As we are starting to get back to work, our new reality is going to include NEW policies and procedures.  Similar to a workplace Health and Safety or Workplace Violence Policy, it is anticipated that a COVID-19 Policy and Safe Work Procedures (SWP) will now be part of the tendering process.  All companies will have to submit a formal COVID-19 Policy as part of their Sub-Trade Packages.

 

For many sectors, especially construction, the nature of the work activities will not fit generic COVID-19 recommended practices.  Therefore, wording of policies and procedures must be done cautiously.  Ensuring both safety for Workers, but practicality for operations.

 

TOTAL Safety Management has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Policy and Safe Work Procedures (SWP).  More more information, please contact us at: info@totalsafetymanagement.ca.

 

 


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THE IMPORTANCE OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS

FOREWARNED is FOREARMED

Most business operations do not have a formal Emergency Response Plan (ERP).  Why?   Because, in most cases, there are other competing priorities.  How do you budget your time and resources for a possible "what if?"

 

This is the situation that every business faces.  Large or small.  How much time, energy and resources do you commit to something that may never happen.  But, if history has taught us nothing else.  It has highlighted the importance of at least having the discussion.

 

For all businesses, there is a significant level of risk and liability of not being prepared.  As we have learned recently.  Emergencies and disasters come in all shapes and sizes.  From weather-related incidents to property damage and health-related emergencies.  We need to be prepared.

 

Emergency Management and ERP planning is so often overlooked.  But, it is perhaps one of the most important elements of any business.  It incorporates many elements including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and, most importantly, recovery.  How do we get back to where we were?

 

Join us in our next Blog as we discuss Prevention and how it relates to emergency planning.  For more information on ERP audits and planning please contact us at: info@totalsafetymanagement.ca.

 

 


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COVID-19

SAFETY STARTS WITH PRECAUTIONS

As we all face the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that your safety starts with taking basic safety precautions.  While it is a very serious situation, it is also important not to panic.  Ensure you and your family follow instructions given out by qualified medical and health professionals.  This includes washing your hands thoroughly, self-isolating, where possible, and maintaining social distancing.

 

It is also very important to remember to have a plan for cooking and preparing meals, getting prescriptions and keeping the kids entertained.  None of this requires panic buying.  To get through this, we must all remain calm and work as a team.  It is not necessary nor helpful for anyone to go panic shopping and clear shelves of necessities.  We are in this together.

 

So, ensure you self-monitor.  If you have any symptoms, do not go directly to the Walk-In clinic or Emergency unless it is a real emergency.  Contact your local Public Health unit and they will screen you over the phone and provide direction.  Stay healthy, stay isolated and don't forget to phone and check-in on family and friends.  We're in this together!

 

To find our more information please contact us at: info@totalsafetymanagement.ca.

 

 


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NEW Supervisor and Team Lead Certification Training

As a licenced Training Provider with the MOL, TOTAL Safety Management is pleased to announce that we have expanded our Education and Training services to now include Supervisor and Team Lead Certification training.  

 

In accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Employers must appoint competent Supervisors.  This innovative training course is designed for Managers, Supervisors and Team Leads.  To assist Employers in facilitating scheduling.  This innovative course consists of 12 Modules and runs once each month.

 

There are two courses starting this Fall, including Friday, September 20, 2019 and Friday, September 27, 2019 at 8:30am to 5:00pm at our Cambridge Skills Training Centre.  To Register your staff or to request more information please contact the Registrar at info@totalsafetymanagement.ca or visiting our Training Registration page on our website at: totalsafetymanagement.ca/events.

 

 


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