Liquor Control Board Fined for OHS Violations
After a trial, last week the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) was found guilty of violations of Ontario Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws and regulations for an incident in which a worker was injured. Officials with the Ministry of Labour described the workplace as an "unsafe work environment." As a result the LCBO was hit with a $100,000 fine.
May 26, 2017
OHS Grievances Filed After U of T Asbestos Leaks
Following several asbestos leaks in the Medical Sciences Building on the main campus of the University of Toronto, the union representing the school's contract faculty and teaching assistants has hit the university with a series of health and safety grievances.
May 25, 2017
Results of OHS Survey Released
Last week, a prominent Canadian firm released the final results of their annual employer Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) survey, which they titled, “The Good, the Bad and the Troubling."
May 24, 2017
U.S. Crane Operators Should Prepare for Changes
It's almost time for the employers of crane operators to act. Effective Nov. 10, 2017, employers of crane operators will have to comply with new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines requiring them to be certified according to current standards.
May 24, 2017
Prepare for Marijuana Legalization
It is looking more and more as if the Canadian government will soon announce the legalization of marijuana for recreational use very soon.
May 22, 2017
Cal/OSHA Hits Tech Startup Blue Apron
Just about a year after the last time these were cited for "serious" worker safety violations, the meal-kit delivery start-up Blue Apron, which is worth more than $3 billion, was recently cited by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for repeat violations.
May 19, 2017
WSIB Announces Grants for OHS Research
Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) recently announced that they had awarded two major grants to two very prominent occupational health and safety researchers, to finance a couple of important studies on the best ways to improve recovery outcomes and to possibly improve return-to-work rates throughout the province and beyond.
May 18, 2017
Ontario Company Fined for Avoidable Traffic Injury
Earlier this month, Sleep Country Canada Inc., an Ontario-based mattress manufacturer, pleaded guilty to a violation of provincial occupational health and safety regulations and was subsequently fined $60,000.
May 17, 2017
Addressing Changes in the Workplace
If there is one constant in every workplace, it is change. And the one thing any employer can count on is that significant change will have an impact on the physical and mental health of the workers in that workplace.
May 15, 2017
Accident at Auto Auction Site
Earlier this month, at Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, a 76-year-old Lynnway employee hit the gas instead of the brake and the out-of-control SUV he was driving killed three people and left nine others with injuries serious enough to need hospitalization. It was later found out that the employee was driving without a current valid driver's license.
May 13, 2017
BC Government to Address Asbestos Concerns
Because asbestos is already a factor in nearly three-quarters of all British Columbia occupational disease deaths, the provincial government has decided it was time to establish a working group to ensure that workers and others who are exposed to the mineral get the protection they need.
May 12, 2017
Accident That Injured Stuntman on Set
According to a report by Cal/OSHA on an investigation that followed an accident that occurred last July in a remote area of Los Angeles County, actor Tom Sizemore wasn’t supposed to drive the SUV that subsequently hit and dragged stuntman Steve de Castro, leading to a number of issues, including wrist and forearm fractures and other bone and tissue damage.
May 11, 2017