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Training Gap Brings $130,000 in Fines

Professional Valve Service Ltd., a company that repairs and maintains vacuum valves for various industries, and one of their supervisors have significantly less money now, after pleading guilty last week for failing to train a worker and were hit with a total of $130,000 in fines for an accident in which a worker died while […]

Health Canada Expands Fire Extinguisher Recall

A key component of workplace safety is the ability to reduce or eliminate the threat of fire, and a key to preventing tragedy is a working fire extinguisher. Well, you might want to take a look at the fire extinguishers in your workplaces because earlier this month, the Canadian government expanded a recall of Kidde […]

Wisconsin Milling Company Faces OSHA Fine

In Wisconsin last Friday, U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has cited a Cambria mill where five workers were killed in a May 31, 2017 grain dust explosion for numerous workplace safety violations in connection with the incident. As a result, the company faces fines totaling $1,837,861. The […]

This Double-Forklift Technique Not Recommended!

Everyone who has ever worked with heavy machinery knows and understands that it is sometimes necessary to improvise to get the job done. This is true, regardless of the industry and the perceived need. That said, some improvisations are generally unsafe and should be avoided at all costs. Case in point: double-stacking forklifts as a […]

Windsor Residents Can Now Track Snow Plows

Just as winter got started for this year, the City of Windsor, Ontario has launched an online service that allows residents of the city to see where snow plows and salt trucks are at any given time.The service will show residents where these service vehicles are and have been over the previous two hours. Even […]

Bill 177 Could Make Workplace Safety More Crucial

At the end of last month, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 177, otherwise known as the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures) 2017. One thing every employer should know is, the omnibus bill will amend dozens of separate statutes that are part of the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act. That is a lot […]

Texas Holds Demonstration of Trench Safety

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the state of Texas leads the nation in a dubious category; the number of fatalities caused by trench collapses. With a few weeks left in 2017, there have thus far been three trench fatalities statewide. That is one reason trench rescue demonstration was held recently in […]

“Inadequate” OHS Investigation

A judge in Newfoundland and Labrador recently described a recent occupational health and safety investigation that followed a fatal accident as “completely inadequate” and dismissed the charges brought against the employer by Service NL. It is unknown what NL OHS officials plan to do to remedy the situation and fix the investigation process. The incident […]

Mercury Hazards Draw $330k OSHA Fine

Last week, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Connecticut contractor, Manafort Brothers, with two willful and six serious violations because they exposed the workers at the demolition of Eversource’s Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire project site to hazards related to mercury, respirators, protective clothing and sanitary conditions. Along with the […]

Wisconsin Contractor Fined $105k

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Black River Falls, Wisconsin-based contractor, Lunda Construction, for one willful and five serious safety violations after an investigation found numerous violations that resulted in an accident that led to the injury of one worker and death of another while they were working on a […]