Crane Company Pays Heavy Fine

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Last week, an Ontario company that services industrial cranes and lifting devices, Konecranes Canada Inc., pleaded guilty for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act for an incident in which a worker was fatally injured by an electrical shock. Following the guilty plea, the company was hit with a $125,000 fine.

Agreement Has Snowplows Help EMS Get to Calls

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On Prince Edward Island, first responders are making it known that they see snow plow operators as an essential part of their job. Paramedics have a difficult job to do under the best of circumstances, but that job becomes far more difficult during a big storm. Among the obstacles are poor visibility, cars being stuck in drifts and, of course, roads that have not been plowed.

Bridge Workers

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In Oregon, bridge workers are understandably nervous after a terrible accident in which two workers, who happened to be father and son, were painting the Ross Island Bridge and fell 40-50 feet from the scaffolding. Thankfully, neither worker died, although both are recovering from serious injuries.

BC Snowplow Operators

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In British Columbia, snowplow operators are sending out an alarm, asking that drivers of the vehicles around them start taking their time and being more careful. They want drivers to understand that they're not purposely driving slowly and trying to make them late for work or their next appointment and they need to exercise more caution when driving near the snowplow.

Lifting and Carrying More Safely

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A large number of workplace injuries occur every year due to improperly lifting, handling, or carrying objects in the workplace. Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs), like muscle strains and sprains, are the most common injuries caused. Bending or twisting awkwardly can lead to greater risk, as can loads that are too heavy. Thankfully, there are several ways to reduce the risk of MSIs and to prevent them altogether.

Unlicensed Roofing Contractor Arrested

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In Connecticut, a roofing contractor in Stratford who had employed a worker who died in a fall from a roof last December, was arrested at the end of last week for operating without a contractor license. The contractor, 51-year-old Nelson Turcios, turned himself in on an active warrant at the Westport Police Department Thursday. The warrant was issued after investigators with the Detective Bureau discovered that, at the time of the fatal fall on Dec. 4, 2016, Turcios was not licensed.

Amtrak Whistleblower Gets Job Back, $892k

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A veteran Amtrak employee who was terminated after he raised concerns about safety, fraud and abuse regarding a railroad contractor has not only gotten his job back, but he has been awarded a settlement of $892,551. That order came from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

New Worker Blitz Results

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently released the results of its safety blitz targeting employers of new and young workers. The blitz was held as part of an effort to improve the fortunes of such workers, who more likely to be injured on the job than other workers. In fact, young workers are three times more likely to be injured in their first month on the job than at any other time in their career.

Overextended Boom Caused Truck to Tip Over

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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), investigators have discovered the cause of an accident that happened last August. A Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) inspection truck, commonly referred to as a "snooper,"

Conflict is a Safety Issue

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One of the worst problems any workplace sees comes with conflict between workers that is not addressed by those in charge. Unaddressed conflict can have a negative effect on many aspects of the workplace.

Ottawa Snow Clearing Earns High Marks

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Snow removal crews in Ottawa have been very busy so far this winter, having to deal with a large amount of snow, slush and ice already. And according to those on the city's transportation committee, their snow clearing crews are doing an excellent job, while doing so very efficiently.

Food Processor Fined by OSHA

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Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration filed a lawsuit against a West Virginia food processor, Lone Star Western Beef Inc., and its owner, John M. Buchman, after a worker was fired in retaliation for dialing 911 after a co-worker lost a finger.