WorkSafeBC: Prepare Now for Winter Driving
It may only be October, but WorkSafeBC officials in British Columbia are already reminding drivers in the province that weather conditions can change quickly from now on, which means that road conditions can also deteriorate quickly. That means drivers should always be ready and able to adjust their driving habits to the conditions and address all potential road hazards.
October 27, 2016
Demolition Company Cited by OSHA
The inspection also determined that Omega Demolition failed to follow OSHA standards for respiratory protection. More specifically, they failed to train workers and they failed to fit test them for the appropriate respirator. The company also failed to maintaining fit test records and to ensure that respirators were used in compliance with its certification.
October 26, 2016
Ontario Trench Collapse Brings a Large Fine
There seems to be a rash of trench collapses recently. Last week, water and sewer line contractor Utility Force Inc. pleaded guilty and was assessed a fine in that amount for an incident in which a trench collapsed and took the life of a worker.
October 25, 2016
The Importance of Hearing Protection Training
Every workplace is different, which means that training will be different everywhere. However, there are some elements that will be necessary everywhere, especially the concepts of consistency and repetition, since every training method must be repeated often if workers are expected to remember it.
October 21, 2016
Lack of Safety Culture Leads to Huge Fines
Total payout of $93,750 for failing to establish safe procedures in the workplace and to train workers how to do things safely. To make matters worse, the same company was fined $80,000 last year after a 2013 incident in which a worker was crushed by components being moved along a line. Add the surcharge, and they have paid a total of $193,750 for two incidents that could have been prevented by creating a culture of workplace safety.
October 20, 2016
OSHA Fines Food Processor for Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations for nine serious safety violations to Koch Foods of Mississippi LLC, a Mississippi poultry producer and processor.
September 30, 2016
OSHA Partners with Company for Safety
According to several reports, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has partnered with Turner Construction Company in a concerted effort to create a better and safer workplace atmosphere for workers who will be working on the huge $275 million CH2 Data Center project in Northlake, Illinois. The data center construction promises to be a huge project that features very complex elements, so it was felt that this type of partnership was a wise thing to do.
September 28, 2016
Crane Company Fined $120,000
After a trial in the Provincial Offences Court at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia, Sterling Crane Division of Procrane Inc., was convicted of violations of the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act, resulting in penalties of $120,000 as a result of an incident in which a worker was struck by part of a crane and suffered permanent injuries.
September 27, 2016
Safety Issues Lead to $317k OSHA Fine
Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations for two willful and eight serious safety and health violations to Birdsboro Kosher Farms Corp., in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. As a result of those citations, the company now faces fines totaling more than $317,000.
September 22, 2016
Provincial OHS Harmonization Possible
Labour ministers across Canada have been looking into the possibility of getting every government to harmonize occupational health and safety requirements, so as to create a single set of consistent standards for everyone. It is strongly believed that doing so will make it far easier for businesses that conduct business in different provinces and territories to deal with a common set of standards to comply with the rules
September 20, 2016
Ruling: Worker Wrongly Terminated
In a recent ruling, WorkSafeBC has determined that a mechanic working on the construction of a leg of the SkyTrain transit system in Metro Vancouver was wrongly terminated because he raised concerns about safety on the job and because he refused to perform takes that he felt were unsafe.
September 19, 2016