Workplace Cancer Rates Are On the Rise

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According to a recent study, in established market economies, occupational cancers now represent more than half of all work-related disease cases. In fact, cancer is the top overall killer, ahead of heart disease and workplace accidents, for the first time. Worse, according to projections by the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of new cancer cases could rise by as much as 70 per cent worldwide in the next 20 years.

OSHA - Millions of Dollars Available for Training

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that approximately $10.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants are now available. These grants, which are used to fund eduction and training programs for both workers and employers, are available for nonprofit organizations of all types, including community organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities.

OSHA Assesses Fine for Fall Protection Failures

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Following an investigation that was triggered by an incident that occurred on Feb. 8, 2017, Oregon OSHA has determined that a Minnesota-based bridge contractor willfully exposed employees to death or serious injury as they worked to restore the Ross Island Bridge in Portland. Their investigation resulted in citations for nine safety violations and proposed fines totaling $189,000.

Workers Suffer Burns in Car Wash Explosion

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Alberta Occupational Health and Safety officials are investigating an explosion at a Lazer Wash and Detail Centre in Red Deer. The incident, which happened at 3:40 p.m. on Friday, August 18, injured three workers. Two of those injured suffered burns that are considered life threatening while the third injured worker’s injuries have been described as “serious,” but non-life-threatening.

Ontario Drilling Company Convicted

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After a trial in a Timmins court, a northeastern Ontario diamond drilling company, Orbit Garant Drilling Services Inc., was found guilty of violating the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act in the wake of an incident in which a worker was killed by a falling tree as he exited a bulldozer. As a result of the conviction, the company was fined $200,000.

WorkSafeBC Increases OHS Penalties

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WorkSafeBC’s new policy setting higher administrative penalty amounts for OHS violations were approved by the agency’s Board of Directors in late June and they just took effect July 4, so employers and supervisors should be aware that non-compliance with occupational health and safety regulations could cost them more now than was previously the case.

Massachusetts Woman Struck By Construction Vehicle

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating an incident in Massachusetts earlier this month, in which a woman was crossing a street in Norwood and was struck and killed by a swing-around construction vehicle.

Contractor and Supervisor Fined for Worker Injury

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There is ample evidence that the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the provincial courts are stepping up their enforcement of the provincial Occupational Health and Safety regulations and stiffening the fines for companies that don’t take workplace safety seriously, as well as for supervisors who let bad things happen. Last week, for example, R.M. Belanger Limited pleaded guilty to several OHS violations and was hit with a fine of $125,000.

Workplace Safety a Major Problem

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The recent death of a construction worker in South Austin, Texas has brought into stark relief the growing danger faced by construction workers in Texas. In fact, the state leads the nation in work-related deaths, with the Texas construction industry leading the way.

Terminated for Reporting Safety Concerns?

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In Newfoundland-Labrador, Brian Tucker, a now-former safety advisor with HSE Integrated Ltd. at the Muskrat Falls construction site, has filed a claim saying he was terminated from his job in 2016 because he pointed out a potential safety hazard and sought to make sure it was fixed promptly. At the time, HSE Integrated Ltd. was under contract to Astaldi to provide safety services at Muskrat Falls, which means he was simply doing his job

OHS Concerns Mount on Ottawa Light Rail Project

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Over the past three years, workers on Ottawa's light rail transit project have filed dozens of complaints with the Ontario Ministry of Labour over dangerous conditions throughout the project, including such hazards as carbon monoxide exposure, head trauma and electric shock, among many others. In that time, between 2014 and April of this year, the Ministry of Labour was notified 56 times about injuries, incidents or unsafe working conditions on the transit project's construction sites.

Certified Heavy Equipment Operators

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There is currently no mandatory certification requirement for heavy equipment operators in Ontario or Canada, and there are currently no plans to establish a requirement anytime soon. That said, it seems employers in Ontario are recruiting heavy equipment operators at an accelerated rate and – according to experts – that hiring surge should continue through at least 2025.