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TOW TRUCK DRIVER INJURED

A tow truck operator has been injured after a tractor-trailer rolled over into a ditch on Highway 401 in Milton on Thursday morning.

 

Police said the operator was seriously injured as crews tried to remove the truck from the ditch.

 

The Ministry of Labour has been contacted.

 

Source: CityNews

 


Don't wait until it's too late.  Be proactive.  Think ahead.  Be safe.

 

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CONSTRUCTION WORKER STRUCK AND KILLED

The Ministry of Labour is investigating after a worker was killed at a construction site in Oakville.

 

Halton police say the man was struck by a dump truck on Ford Drive, where road work is currently being done.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Source: CityNews

 


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GTA COMPANY FINED $85,000

A Toronto-based company has been fined $85,000 after a worker suffered critical injuries at a facility in Brampton.

 

IKO Industries — which manufactures roofing products — pleaded guilty to a charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act in connection with the June 2016 incident.

 

Court heard the worker was one of two who had been told to remove and replace a valve on a hopper that was believed to be empty.

 

However, the hopper was full of heated material used to make asphalt roofing products, which poured out onto the worker.

 

Source: CityNews

 


Don't wait until it's too late.  Be proactive.  Think ahead.  Be safe.

 

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WORKER KILLED IN BRAMPTON INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT

A man is dead after an accident in an industrial area of Mississauga on Saturday afternoon.

 

Peel regional police responded to a call near Derry and Bramalea roads around 2:45 p.m.

 

There is no word on what caused the accident and the victim’s name has not been released.

The Ministry of Labour has been notified.

 

Source: CityNews

 


Don't wait until it's too late.  Be proactive.  Think ahead.  Be safe.

 

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WORKING AT HEIGHTS DEADLINE REMINDER

While the deadline for completion of the NEW Working At Heights (WAH) standard was extended in April of this year, companies, supervisors and workers are reminded that the October 1, 2017 deadline is fast approaching.

 

Don't wait until it is too late to get your WAH certification training done.  More and more General Contractors are requiring ALL workers on-site to have it even if they may not be working at heights.  It is quickly becoming another mandatory requirement to come on-site.

 

REMEMBER-The MOL extended deadline requires that workers have Proof of Registration in an MOL-approved WAH course.  You cannot simply wait until October to book your course.

 

Don't wait until it's too late.  Be proactive.  Think ahead.  Be safe.

 

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NEW COURSE-Aerial Work Platform Safety Awareness

TOTAL Safety Management is pleased to announce the launch of our newest Safety Education and Training certification course.  Starting Friday, June 16, 2017, TOTAL Safety Management will be running Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Safety Awareness certification courses.

 

The Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Certification course consists of 3 components.  Applicants must first complete Part 1 which is the MOL-approved Working At Heights (WAH) certification.  This is a mandatory prerequisite for the AWP Certification course.  

 

Part 2 is the AWP Safety Awareness Training (Theory) which is a 1/2 in-class course that includes a written test. Part 3 is the on-site Practical Skills Evaluation that will involve our AWP Evaluator coming     on-site to conduct a Practical Skills Evaluation on the respective AWP equipment in operation.

 

Once complete, the Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Safety Awareness certification is valid for 2 years.  Afterwhich, workers need to re-certify.  TOTAL Safety Management provides FREE academic tracking for all courses taken with us, which includes a re-certification reminder service.

 

For more information please contact us at info@totalsafetymanagement.ca.  Click here to Register for an upcoming course.  For companies looking to book larger groups or all staff, please contact the Registrar at 905-875-8782 or email us at info@totalsafetymanagement.ca. 

 

Don't wait until it's too late.  Be proactive.  Think ahead.  Be safe.

 

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WAH DEADLINE FAST APPRAOCHING

The deadline for the NEW Working At Heights (WAH) standard is fast approaching.  As of April 1, 2017, all workers must have successfully completed the NEW MOL Working At Heights training.

 

Employers need to pay special attention.  Not only is it mandatory for Working At Heights.  But, several GTA General Contractors and Developers are requiring ALL personnel entering their job sites to have the NEW WAH training.  This includes workers who may not even be working at heights, such as carpet installers.

 

Employers, Supervisors and sub-trades need to recognize that General Contractors are well within their rights to implement any safety requirements and/or standards on any job site.  Failure to comply will mean you cannot do work on their project.

 

It is important for everyone to recognize that safety standards are increasing each year.  The bar is being raised higher and higher.  Why?  Because many workers and employers still are not getting the message.  In the last four weeks, 3 workers have been killed at job sites in Ontario and another worker seriously injured.  

 

Safety must become the "new" culture.  Not only for the safety and security of the workers and their families, but it simply makes good business "cents."  Failure to comply can result in fines for workers, Supervisors and Employers.  As well, compliance orders and stop work orders can amount to huge cost overruns.  And, Employers and Supervisors can go to jail under C-45 of the Criminal Code.

 

Don't wait until it's too late.  Be proactive.  Think ahead.  Be safe.

 

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MISSISSAUGA ROOFING COMPANY FINED $57,500

WHITBY, ONTARIO - A Mississauga roofing company pleaded guilty and has been fined $57,500 after a worker fell through a roof and was seriously injured.

 

The company, Paiva Roofing Ltd., was working on the roof of an industrial establishment at 850 McKay Road in Pickering on April 30, 2015. The day before, the work crew had removed heating, ventilation and air conditioning cones and other roofing material from the roof. On the morning of the incident, one of the workers went through an opening in the roof and fell 28 feet onto the concrete floor below, sustaining serious injuries.

 

The defendant failed to ensure that the worker was adequately protected by a guardrail system, in contravention of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Ontario Regulation 213/91 (the Construction Projects Regulation).

The company pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that a worker worked in accordance with the measures and procedures prescribed by law.

 

The fine of $57,500 was imposed by Justice of the Peace Robert G. Boychyn in Whitby court on March 1, 2017.

The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

 

Source: Government of Ontario/MOL

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GRIMSBY BUILDER FINED $20,000

WELLAND, ONTARIO - A construction project that collapsed due to wind load and a lack of bracing and proper anchoring has led to a $20,000 fine against the individual in charge of the project.

 

A storage barn was being built on a residential farm property located at 3357 Regional Road 12, West Lincoln, Ontario. On November 24, 2014, the partially-built, wood-framed storage barn collapsed. The property owner had hired Tom Ivezic to undertake the construction of the storage barn, which was about 120 feet long and 60 feet wide.

 

At the time of the collapse, the four walls and the roof of the storage barn had been erected on top of the structure's concrete foundation.  However, none of the walls had been braced to prevent their movement or collapse, and the anchor bolts connecting the walls to the foundation had not been secured.

 

The constructor, Tom Ivezic, failed to meet a number of requirements. He failed to file a Notice of Project relating to the construction of the storage barn, and failed, as a constructor, to give notice in writing to a Ministry of Labour inspector within two days of the structural failure of the storage barn, as required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

 

Following the collapse of the barn, Ivezic failed to furnish all necessary assistance to facilitate an investigation by a Ministry of Labour inspector; over the course of several months, the Ministry of Labour inspector made multiple attempts to contact Ivezic, and left him multiple messages but received no response.

The court, with Justice of the Peace Dan La Caprara presiding, fined Ivezic a total of $20,000 in Welland on February 9, 2017.

 

The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.


 

Source: Government of Ontario

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COMPANY FINED $70,000 FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH WORKPLACE VIOLENCE STANDARDS

A GTA-based security guard company has been handed a $70,000 fine for failing to comply with the legislated Workplace Violence & Harassment standards.

 

In this case, the company was issued 10 compliance orders and failed to address them, as required.  Even after MOL follow-ups both in-person and by phone, 7 orders were ignored.  On February 6, 2017, Justice of the Peace Gerald Ryan agreed that the company had failed to comply with orders issued by a Ministry of Labour inspector and fined the company $10,000 for each count of non-compliance, totaling $70,000. The hearing was conducted "ex parte." An ex parte decision is one decided by a judge without requiring all of the parties to the dispute to be present.

 

The lesson here is "legislative compliance."  No company, no sector is exempt.  All companies must abide by mandatory Legislation and Regulations.  Particularly, when they have been issued compliance orders.  This type of inaction is bad for business and can significantly affect a company's reputation and ability to successfully compete in the RFP process.

 

Source: Government of Ontario

 

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