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By: Mts Worksafe  09-12-2011
Keywords: Occupational Health

Dec 1st, 2011 Comments Off

Woodstock, ON – Oxford Plastics Inc., a manufacturer of plastic products, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On March 19, 2010, at the company’s Embro, ON facility, a worker was making an adjustment to a machine that held large coils of plastic tubing. The worker was underneath the plastic tubing when one of the coils fell off. The worker was struck and injured. A second worker was also injured trying to assist the first.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the coils had not been secured against tipping or falling.

Oxford Plastics Inc. was found guilty of the following:

  • Failing to ensure that the coils of plastic tubing were secured against tipping or falling
  • Failing to take the reasonable precaution of securing or blocking the motion of the coils while a worker was underneath
  • Failing to take the reasonable precaution of conducting a hazard analysis on the machine in question

The fine was imposed by Justice Thomas McKeogh. In addition to the fine, the court 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.

Nov 22nd, 2011 Comments Off

Company and Supervisor Fined $171,000 Total After Worker Injured

Windsor, ON – ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc., carrying on business as ThyssenKrupp Hearn Division, a provider of warehousing, packaging and transportation services, was fined $160,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. Don Hearn Jr., a supervisor, was fined $11,000 in relation to the same incident.

On February 25, 2009, a worker was doing electrical upgrades at the company’s warehouse on Sprucewood Ave. in Windsor. As the worker was removing conductors from an electrical panel, a bare conductor touched the side of the electrical panel, causing an arc flash. The worker sustained serious electrical burns.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the electrical panel was not disconnected from the power source, locked out or tagged before the work started.

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc., carrying on business as ThyssenKrupp Hearn Division, was found guilty of failing to ensure that the electrical panel was disconnected, locked out and tagged prior to work being done on it. Don Hearn Jr. was found guilty of the same.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Robert Gay. In addition to the fines, the court 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.

Nov 22nd, 2011 Comments Off

BFI Canada Inc. Fined $150,000 After Worker Injured

Ottawa, ON – BFI Canada Inc., a waste management company operating in Canada and the United States, was fined $150,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On May 28, 2009, a worker from a temporary help agency was assigned to a waste collection route for BFI Canada Inc. in Ottawa. The worker’s job was to take recyclable material from the curb and put it into a waste collection truck. While performing these duties, the worker got out of the truck while it was still moving and the truck ran over the worker’s foot.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the company had safety procedures that prohibited workers from exiting a moving vehicle. However, the temporary worker was not properly trained in these procedures.

BFI Canada Inc. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to the worker with respect to safe operating procedures for mobile waste collection.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Beverly Souliere. In addition to the fine, the court 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.

Nov 9th, 2011 Comments Off

Perth, ON – Waldemar Kozuchowski, sole proprietor ofInfinity Marble of Canada, a synthetic marble and granite manufacturing company, was fined $17,000 for failing to comply with inspectors’ orders.

On May 22, 2009, Ministry of Labour inspectors visited Mr. Kozuchowski’s business in Carleton Place, ON. They noticed several health and safety violations and issued Mr. Kozuchowski orders to comply with the legislation. Inspectors made several follow up visits but the violations remained and the inspectors had to write more orders. Between May 22, 2009 and May 5, 2010, inspectors wrote a total of 23 orders for various violations. Of those orders, 15 were not complied with and mostly related to the following
violations:

  • Flammable liquids were improperly stored
  • The mixing area was not properly ventilated
  • There was no system to contain spills
  • The spray booth was missing a make-up air system
  • Material safety data sheets for controlled products were not readily available to workers
  • Housekeeping practices were not adequate to control dust hazards
  • Mr. Kozuchowski failed to ensure that workers wore respirators

One of the orders, issued March 4, 2010, was a stop work order on the spray booth due to inadequate air flow. Mr. Kozuchowski admitted in court that he continued using the spray booth despite the stop work order.

Mr. Kozuchowski was found guilty of 15 counts of failing to comply with an order issued by an inspector. He was fined $3,000 for failing to comply with the stop work order and $1,000 for failing to comply with each of 14 additional orders.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Jacques Desjardins. In addition to the fines, the court 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.

Oct 21st, 2011 Comments Off

Kingston, ON – SMG Canada Ulc., carrying on business in partnership with Arcturus SMG Canada, a company that manages public facilities, was fined $55,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On November 18, 2009, two of the company’s workers at K Rock Centre in Kingston were unpacking a crate containing sheets of tempered arena glass. The workers removed the front panels of the crate and looked at the glass inside. The glass looked like it was tipped away from them. One of the workers left the area while the other worker cut the straps securing the glass in the crate. The glass, which was not actually tipped backwards in the crate, fell onto the worker.
The worker sustained leg injuries.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker had never unpacked glass crated this way and the worker had not been advised that it was a safety hazard to unpack glass without assistance.

SMG Canada Ulc., carrying on business in partnership with Arcturus SMG Canada, pleaded guilty to failing to acquaint the worker with any hazard in the unpacking of the glass.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Lorraine Watson. In addition to the fine, the court 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.

Oct 19th, 2011 Comments Off

Toronto, ON – 2021960 Ontario Inc., carrying on business as New Forest Paper Mills LP, was fined $125,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed. A supervisor, Morteza Alemi, was fined $5,000 in relation to the same incident. 

On July 12, 2010, a maintenance worker at the company’s Toronto facility was working on a sprinkler system from a ladder that was on a platform about five meters high. Mr. Alemi was holding the ladder. When a blast of water came through the sprinkler, the worker lost balance and fell to the concrete floor, suffering fatal injuries. 

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker was not wearing a safety belt and harness.

2021960 Ontario Inc., carrying on business as New Forest Paper Mills LP, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the worker was wearing a fall arrest system. Mr. Alemi pleaded guilty to the same. 

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Karin Dresher. In addition to the fines, the court 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.

Oct 1st, 2011 Comments Off

September 30, 2011

Stefcon Construction Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured. 

Toronto, ON – Stefcon Construction Inc., a Concord masonry and bricklaying contractor, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. 

On June 1, 2010, the company was performing masonry work at a commercial construction project on Regent St. in Toronto. A worker was dismantling a scaffold when the worker tripped on debris that was left on the scaffold’s second level. The worker fell over three meters to the ground below and suffered a back injury. 

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker was not wearing any fall protection at the time of the incident. 

Stefcon Construction Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the worker was adequately protected by a form of fall protection while exposed to the falling hazard. 

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace D. Keith Currie. In addition to the fine, the court 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.

Sep 10th, 2011 Comments Off

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) reduces or prevents a worker’s exposure to occupational health and safety hazards. The equipment acts as a barrier to protect workers from blows to the body, loud noises, heat, chemicals, infections, and electrical and other hazards. PPE can refer to protective clothing, helmets, shoes, goggles, respirators and other safety gear worn or used by workers.

In October 2011, the Ministry of Labour will focus on PPE during an enforcement blitz at industrial and health care workplaces across Ontario.

Some duties of workplace parties

An employer must:

  • Ensure the PPE provided is used by the worker [OHSA clause 25(1)(d)]
  • Provide and maintain in good condition all prescribed PPE [clauses 25(1)(a) & (b)]

A supervisor must:

  • Ensure a worker wears the PPE required by the OHSA and its regulations [clause 27(1)(a)]
  • Ensure the worker uses the PPE required by the employer [clause 27(1)(b)]

A worker must:

  • Wear any PPE required by the employer [clause 28(1)(b)]
  • Report to the employer or supervisor any known missing or defective PPE [clause 28(1)(c)]
  • Not remove or disable any PPE required by the employer or by the supervisor [clause 28(1)(d)]

Priority areas

Although the blitz will mainly focus on head, eye and foot protection at industrial and health care workplaces, inspectors may also address other types of PPE, including fall, respiratory, skin and hearing protection.

Inspectors will check whether the requirements related to the selection, use and care of PPE, and worker training in the use of PPE are being met by all workplace parties, as specified in the OHSA.

Industrial workplaces

In industrial workplaces, inspectors will focus on PPE that protects the eye, head and foot, and address any other hazards they may find.

Inspectors will focus on safety gear used by workers in the following sectors:

  • wood and metal fabrication
  • vehicle sales and service
  • food and beverage
  • wholesalers
  • education

Health care workplaces

The blitz will also focus on hospitals, long-term care homes and homes for residential care. The blitz will check for safety gear being worn or used by non-clinical staff in the following departments of health care workplaces:

  • dietary services (nutrition and food services/kitchen)
  • housekeeping/environmental services
  • maintenance shops, the central sterile supply and laundry departments of a health care workplace

Inspectors will look for equipment that protects the:

  • head
  • eyes and face
  • lungs
  • hearing
  • hands and feet

Sections 10 through 15 of the (O. Reg. 67/93) – regarding PPE – will apply to applicable workplaces

Sep 4th, 2011 Comments Off

Man charged with drunk driving on forklift

Nova Scotia – Police arrested a Truro man yesterday for drinking and driving after he was pulled over on a forklift that they discovered was stolen.

Police pulled the driver over after seeing the forklift cruising along a residential street at about 2 a.m.

Source: Toronto Star wire services


Call it a bad case of FORK RAGE!

Sure there’s road rage, but this is ridiculous! A forty year-old Seattle man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for assaulting a co-worker with his forklift. The perpetrator had recently found out that his ex-girlfriend had started dating another man at work. Enraged with jealousy, he hopped in his forklift and drove it into the side of the new boyfriend’s truck.

After impact, the boyfriend jumped out of the truck and started to run away. The “angry ex” then proceeded to pull out a gun and shot at the boyfriend 6 times! Fortunately, no one was injured. However, the whole event probably caused the new boyfriend to seriously reconsider his new relationship.

Sep 1st, 2011 Comments Off

Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured NEWMARKET, ON – Hardrock Forming Co. – Division of 5556347 Ontario Limited was found guilty and fined $50,000 on August 26, 2011, after being convicted of a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

On November 4, 2008, a Hardrock employee was working on a project at 220 Commerce Valley Drive West in Markham. The project involved a system of wooden moulds for concrete called formwork. The worker stepped on the formwork and fell through, suffering a wrist injury.

A Ministry of Labour inspector attended the project and found that the support and bracing for the formwork had been removed, but appropriate signs warning workers of the hazard had not been placed.

After a trial, Hardrock Forming Co. – Division of 5556347 Ontario Limited was fined for failing, as an employer, to ensure that signs were posted in prominent locations and in sufficient numbers to warn workers of a hazard on a project.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Occupational Health

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