OSHA Resumes Full Enforcement in Harvey Areas

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resumed its normal enforcement operations throughout hard-hit areas of Texas and Louisiana after it had suspended most of its programmed enforcement actions in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast in late August with winds of 130 miles per hour and record rainfall amounts that caused massive flooding.

The Most Common Workplace Cancers in Ontario

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A recently released report by the Toronto-based Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) has identified the four most common causes of work-related cancer in Ontario. They are, in order, solar radiation, asbestos, diesel-engine exhaust and crystalline silica.

Supervisor Fails to Follow Procedure

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In the wake of an explosion last Wednesday that seriously injured a foreman and left two other workers injured at an agricultural plant in Maine, the general manager of Detroit-based Northeast Agricultural Sales Inc. is claiming that the injured foreman violated company procedures at the time of the accident.

Ontario Again Expands Worker Protections

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The Government of Ontario, including the Ministry of Labour, continues to hone its focus on creating workplaces that are safe spaces for everyone. This time, they have proposed the creation of a job-protected leave of absence whenever a worker or their child has either experienced or has been threatened with domestic violence of any kind.

Employers Can Make a Great ROI on Worker Health

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A newly released study shows that employers who bother to make an investment in workplace mental health will see a major return on that investment. The study came out of Australia and was produced by the nonprofit Black Dog Institute, which works on mental health issues, along with the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Ontario Bill Could Ban High Heels Requirement

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An Ontario legislator has introduced a bill that has a lot of people talking. The bill, which was introduced last week, would ban employers in the province from requiring women to wear high heels work. This move comes after British Columbia passed a similar bill earlier this year, so it is not without precedent.

Queens Solar Panel Installer Falls

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60-year-old worker in Queens, a borough of New York City, was installing solar panels on the roof of a two-story house when he fell from the roof and was severely injured. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Maine Ski Resort Workers Must Now Wear Helmets

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It is clear that the impact of worker fatalities on a company’s reputation, combined with OSHA fines, do have an impact on many companies and encourage them to keep workers safer.

Employers Can Make a Great ROI on Worker Health

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A newly released study shows that employers who bother to make an investment in workplace mental health will see a major return on that investment. The study came out of Australia and was produced by the nonprofit Black Dog Institute, which works on mental health issues, along with the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

B.C. Drivers Urged to “Be Truck Aware”

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During an average year in British Columbia, large trucks are only involved in about one per cent of all crashes, but they are involved in about 20 per cent of all fatal crashes.

First-Ever Ammonia Leak at Canadian Ice Rink

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Last week in Fernie, British Columbia, three workers died when they were exposed to excessive amounts of ammonia. The ammonia leak apparently happened as the workers were conducting maintenance work on ice-making equipment at an ice arena in the southeastern British Columbia city. The leak was first reported last Tuesday, October 17. As a precaution, about 60 residents in the area were evacuated for a time.

OSHA Offers Incentive on Silica Standard

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According to a memorandum released Sept. 20 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to regional administrators nationwide, those employers who are able to demonstrate they are acting in “good faith” when it comes to compliance with OSHA’s brand new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard will be given an additional 30 days to comply.