Senior Falls at Toronto Construction Site

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During a leisurely walk along the Toronto waterfront in May 2016, an 84-year-old man named Carl Mollins walked through the Pier 27 condominium construction site on Queen's Quay. At the time of the walk, the condominium structure was nearly complete, but construction work was still ongoing at the site.

Let's Celebrate Canada!

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July 1st marks the day that Canadians across the country and around the world come together to celebrate our culture, history and our people. We would like to wish everyone happy and safe Canada Day!

OSHA Cites, Fines New Jersey Salvage Yard

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Universal Processing, LLC, the owner/operator of Atlantic Sales & Salvage, a salvage yard based in East Brunswick, New Jersey, was cited for numerous violations and fined more than $93,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week for an accident last December in which one of their workers was crusted to death.

Bottle Manufacturer Fined for Injury Accident

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A Brampton, Ontario bottle manufacturer, O-I Canada Corporation, pleaded guilty last week to violations of the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations for an incident in which a worker suffered a serious permanent injury. Following the guilty plea, the company was slapped with a $100,000 fine.

Some Tips to Make Scaffolds Safe

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Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of workplace accidents and injuries in the construction sector is inadequate of defective scaffolding. Of course, scaffolds should be designed and built by competent companies and installed by those competent to do so, but before each use, scaffolds should be inspected by competent persons, as well.

Workplace Safety Rules Strengthened in Nova Scotia

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Employers should be aware that recent amendments to Nova Scotia's Occupational Health and Safety Act, which passed in April, took effect last week, so they should adjust accordingly. The Nova Scotia crackdown follows a spike in the number of OHS violations, including one repeat violation in which a roofing contractor, Joseph Isnor, was given four months in jail, thought to be among the longest jail sentences in Canada for a workplace safety violation.

Protecting Workers From Danger of Nanotechnology

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No matter what else happens, technology will continue to move forward. One type of technology that is worrying workplace safety experts, however, is the expanded use of nanotechnology, which involves materials that are extremely small.

16 Construction Safety Recommendations

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The Government of Ontario has decided to take a proactive approach to the prevention of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities for construction workers throughout the province, by implementing the entirety of its "Construction Health and Safety Action Plan."

Doing More to Protect Workers From the Sun

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The folks at Sun Safety at Work Canada are praising many employers for their increased efforts to protect outdoor workers from the hazards of regular sun exposure. As a result, fewer outdoor workers are suffering the effects of excess exposure to heat and solar UV radiation.

Labrador Miners Suffer from Silicosis

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The results of a medical audit were recently released by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and there is some troubling information in there. The audit studied the effects of exposure to silica dust at two mining operations in western Labrador, in order to reveal the number of cases in which miners, both active and retired, had developed silicosis over the previous decade.

Preventing Concussions in the Workplace

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According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, it is possible that the number of hospitalizations due to concussions and concussion-related injuries will increase significantly by about 2030. In fact, they predict that the number of such hospitalizations in 2032 will be 28 per cent higher than they were in 2012.

OSHA Investigating Site of Wisconsin Explosion

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Officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the site of an explosion and subsequent fires at a corn mill and ethanol plant in Wisconsin that cost three workers their lives and injured a dozen or so more.