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Ontario Launches Summer Workplace Inspection Blitzes

May 10, 2017 2:00 P.M.

Ministry of Labour

As summer job season begins, Ontario has launched inspection blitzes to ensure new and young workers, such as summer student employees, are safe on the job and know their rights at work. P

From May 1 to August 31, 2017, Ontario workplace inspectors and officers are visiting workplaces that typically hire new and young workers, such as food…

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Quick Facts

Quick Facts

About 30 per cent of all work-related traumatic fatalities and occupational disease fatality claims for workplaces in Ontario occurred in the construction sector, yet it comprises only 6.7 per cent of all provincial employment and 8.4 per cent of WSIB-insured employment.  In the construction sector, 36 per cent of traumatic fatalities allowed by WSIB were due to falls from heights. Construction is Ontario’s seventh largest sector with about 500,000 workers,…

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"It’s Your Job" student video contest closes March 3 

The "It’s Your Job" student video contest closes on March 3, 2017. If you are a secondary school student in Ontario, you can submit a video of up to two minutes on any topic related to workplace health and safety. Win up to $2,000 each for you and your school – and possibly more if you advance to the national finals! 

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Ministry launches home renovation and roofing campaigns 

This month, the ministry will launch two digital advertising campaigns targeting the underground economy in residential renovations and roofing. The campaign will raise homeowner’s awareness of the risks posed by hiring residential renovation and roofing contractors who operate "under the table," and who potentially aren’t covered by the WSIB, lack proper certification and don’t follow safe workplace practices. 

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Working at heights training deadline approaching 

Working at heights training is the law in Ontario. By April 1, 2017, all workers who work at heights in construction have to be trained to do so using an approved training program. 

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It’s Your Job….Start the Conversation!

The It’s Your Job student video contest is back for 2016/17! It’s Your Job challenges Ontario’s secondary school students to create an original video no longer than two minutes in length that can be used in social media to show the importance of working safely on the job. This year’s optional theme, Start the Conversation, gives students the opportunity to create a…

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New Ministry of Labour Recruitment Drive

The ministry is hiring health and safety inspectors and employment standards officers to work across the province. This is your chance to be a part of an enforcement team to help protect workers. If you are interested in making a positive impact in the lives of Ontario workers, we want to hear from you!

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Court Bulletins

Scarborough Garment Manufacturer's Failure to Pay Termination to Workers Results in $49,000 Fine

August 22, 2017

TORONTO, ON - An employer that went out of business and failed to provide termination pay to some of its workers after being ordered to do so has been fined $49,000 in court.

The business, Winli Apparel Manufacturing Inc., operated at 80 Rolark Drive in Scarborough. Claims were filed under the Employment Standards Act (ESA) by the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic…

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Electrical Company fined $70,000 After Workers Injured

August 31, 2017

LONDON, ON - Entegrus Powerlines Inc., a Chatham electrical utility contractor, pleaded guilty and has been fined $70,000 after two workers received electrical burns.

On August 11, 2016, a six-person crew was changing a switch on a utility pole on Head Street North in Strathroy. The final steps for installing the new switch involved forming thick copper leads that would attach the switch to live 16,000-kV power…

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Con-Cast Pipe Inc. Fined $70,000 After Young Worker Injured by Steel Pallet

August 16, 2017

GUELPH, ON - Con-Cast Pipe Inc. pleaded guilty and was fined $70,000 after a 1,100-pound steel pallet fell on a young worker, causing critical injuries.  

The incident took place on August 18, 2015 in the yard of the company's facility located at 299 Brock Road South in Guelph.

On the day of the incident, the worker had loosened the pallets on a number of concrete boxes. A fork lift…

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Recycling Company Fined $65,000 After Worker Suffers Permanent Injury 

July 12, 2017

BRAMPTON, ON - The recycling company that operates glass recycling facilities for Ontario's municipal blue-box collection, deposit return program and the Beer Store pleaded guilty and has been fined $65,000 after a worker suffered a permanent injury caused by running machinery.

On November 3, 2015, a worker was attempting to clear a cardboard jam in a cardboard baler. A baler is a machine used to…

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Domtar Receives $50,000 Domtar Receives $50,000 Fine After Worker Injury in Espanola After Worker Injury in Espanola

June 9, 2017

ESPANOLA, ON - Paper and wood fibre producer Domtar Inc., pleaded guilty and was fined $50,000 in court after a worker suffered a permanent injury caused by a machine. 

The incident took place at Domtar's paper mill in Espanola on 1 Station Road on July 18, 2015.

On that day, a worker was cutting a section of dryer felt on a paper machine in the course of…

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Dare Foods Fined $67,500 for Injury to New Worker 

June 9, 2017

KITCHENER, ON - Dare Foods Limited pleaded guilty and has been fined $67,500 after a new worker was injured while cleaning an overhead conveyor. 

The incident took place on March 1, 2016 at Dare's Kitchener plant, located at 2481 Kingsway Drive, which produces a variety of snack foods such as cookies and crackers.

A worker who began employment at the plant on January 26 was assigned to clean an overhead cross conveyor…

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Director of Roofing Company Jailed, Fined $10,000 for Failure to Follow Safety Rules 

May 18, 2017 5:15 P.M.

Ministry of Labour

BELLEVILLE, ON - An employer with two previous convictions for safety violations has been sentenced to one day imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 for ignoring safety regulations. No one fell or was injured.

The employer, was charged with failing as an employer to ensure a worker was adequately protected from falling. By law the worker should have been…

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Security Service Fined $70,000 For Failure to Meet Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Training Requirements

WHITBY, ONTARIO - A company that provided security services for Oshawa City Hall has been fined $70,000 for failing to comply with orders to develop workplace harassment and violence prevention programs for its workers.

By provincial law, employers must put in place policies on workplace harassment and violence and train their workers about these policies. The…

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Grimsby Builder Convicted After Construction Project Collapses

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. On November 24, 2014, the partially-built, wood-framed storage barn collapsed.

The property owner had hired a builder to undertake the construction of the storage barn,…

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Injury to Worker at Kitchener Wastewater Plant Results in $85,000 Fine

January 24, 2017 4:15 P.M.

Ministry of Labour

KITCHENER, ONTARIO - A Mississauga-based scaffolding company pleaded guilty and has been fined $85,000 after a worker was permanently injured in a fall from a faulty scaffold.

The company is a supplier, erector and dismantler of scaffolds at construction projects, with its Ontario head office located in Mississauga. 

They had been retained to supply scaffolds at…

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Employer Fined $10,000 in Death of Logging Worker

WALKERTON, ONTARIO - A small-business employer pleaded guilty and has been fined $10,000 after a worker was killed by the inadvertent movement of a felled tree.

The incident took place in a woodlot located in Saugeen Shores, which is located in Bruce County, Ontario.

On September 10, 2015, the employer was contracted to cut and harvest logs from a woodlot located in Saugeen Shores. On that day, the defendant was logging at the…

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Metal Recycling Company Fined $105,000 After Worker Killed By Excavator

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO - A metal recycling company in Peterborough pleaded guilty and has been fined $105,000 after a worker was killed by an excavator operating in reverse.

The incident took place at the facility in Peterborough on August 18, 2015. A worker was in the yard, adjacent to a narrow roadway, cutting apart the bucket portion of a front-end loader with a cutting torch. This was not the normal area where…

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Maintenance Work Results in Electrical Shock, Employer Fined $50,000

December 22, 2016 - OTTAWA, ONTARIO - An owner-operator of residential and commercial buildings pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker received an electrical shock and was injured falling off a ladder while replacing part of a light fixture. On July 21, 2015, an employee was working at a commercial office building.  On that day the worker was changing a "ballast" light fixture on the ceiling of one of…

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Employer Fined $115,000 After Worker Suffers Crushing Injury

January 5, 2017 - LONDON, ONTARIO - A company providing sales and service of tractors and other equipment used in the construction industry pleaded guilty and has been fined $115,000 after a worker suffered injuries from a falling piece of equipment. On August 21, 2015, a worker was injured when one hand became trapped between the concrete floor and a 4,900-pound drive assembly (axle) that had fallen from its support stands in…

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Company Fined $120,000 After Young Worker Killed While Working at Heights

KITCHENER, ON - A second construction firm pleaded guilty and has been fined $120,000 following the death of a young worker on a high-rise student housing project in Waterloo. Another company was fined $90,000 in March.

On October 11, 2013 the worker was on the job site along with others at 185 King Street North in Waterloo. Maison Canada Holdings Ltd. was the constructor of the project.

The young worker was…

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