No Substitute for Standards Enforcement

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Last week, the former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), David Michaels, told the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protection there are simply no substitutes for standards, inspections, and enforcement. He also noted that employer voluntary programs produce very limited benefits, if any.

A Move to Make OHS More Holistic

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There seems to be an increasing push to encourage employers to take a more holistic approach to workplace health and safety. This idea, though it isn’t really new, seems to be gaining significant momentum throughout North American workplaces in recent years.

Workplace Safety is Vitally Important

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When the Saskatchewan government repealed the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act and replaced it with The Saskatchewan Employment Act, the fines that can be levied for workplace fatalities throughout the province skyrocketed. Now, violations that lead to a worker’s death face a maximum of $1.5 million for a corporation and up to $500,000 for an individual.

Miners Demand Action After Series of Explosions

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Miners in British Columbia are becoming increasingly concerned over a series of explosions at the Elkview Mine, located just outside Sparwood. As a result, the United Steelworkers Union has warned Teck Resources, the owners and operators of the mine, that action must be taken before there is another explosion at on of the company’s five steel-making coal mines in the Rocky Mountain region, which are located not far from the Alberta border.

Contractor Faces $212k Fine when Worker Crushed

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Massachusetts-based contractor, Schnabel Foundation Co., for their failure to protect workers from crushing hazards as hey were in the process of installing permanent foundation supports beneath the Woburn Public Library. As a result, the company faces proposed penalties of $212,396.

How Canada Fights Ice and Snow Changes Constantly

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Those charged with snow removal throughout Canada and North America are always looking for the next big thing; some new and unusual way to keep highways, streets, parking lots and sidewalks as clear and safe as possible all through the winter. It is often a thankless job, especially when the public is dissatisfied with the speed of clearing, but it doesn’t stop them from doing their best.

Experts Worry About Fewer OSHA Inspectors

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According to a new report, the number of federal workplace safety inspectors has fallen since the Trump Administration took over the executive branch. The falling numbers are raising numerous questions about the federal government's continuing commitment to keeping workers safe. The slow hiring on the part of the White House also drives questions about the impact over the long haul.

Ontario Roofing Company Fined for Worker Fall

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An Ontario roofing company, Always Roofing Ltd., pleaded guilty on January 16, 2018, as a result of an incident from December 2015, in which a worker fell through a roof opening during a job in Brampton. As a result of the guilty plea, Always Roofing was hit with a $55,000 fine.

OSHA Cracking Down on Silica Violations

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has instituted new penalties for construction companies who violate the new crystalline silica standard that was first implemented in 2013 and they plan to crack down hard on violators in the near future.

Using Competition to Enhance Worker Safety

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Graymont, a globally recognized producer of limestone and lime products located in Richmond, B.C. Is well known for their high sales revenue figures in markets as diverse as construction, glass, steel, food and agriculture. However, now they are actually making something available for free. .

RFID Being Used to Prevent Backup Accidents

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging technology seems to be emerging as the latest and best way to protect workers on the ground from backup accidents. An antenna box is attached to the back of the equipment and it alerts equipment operators and ground personnel of any close calls.

Ontario Court Upholds Jail Sentence for Supervisor

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Ontario’s highest court has upheld the conviction and sentence of a supervisor, Vadim Kazenelson, who was given a sentence of three and a half years in jail for his part in a Christmas Eve 2009 scaffolding collapse in which four men were killed and another was seriously injured. Vadim Kazenelson, who was given a sentence of three and a half years in jail for his part in a Christmas Eve 2009 scaffolding collapse in which four men were killed and another was seriously injured.