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Oct 5, 2018

By Karen Fields

18 Month Jail Term for Workplace Fatality – Not the First of Its Kind

In April 2012 a worker working for Fournier Excavation, in Quebec, was buried alive when the walls of the unsupported trench he was working in coll...

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Aug 23, 2018

By Karen Fields

Ouch – Piercing the Corporate Veil to Find Personal Liability in Regulatory Offence

“Piercing the corporate veil” is the judicial act of imposing personal liability on otherwise immune corporate officers, directors, and...

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Feb 2, 2018

By Karen Fields

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds 3.5 year Jail Sentence for Project Manager

On Christmas Eve 2009, a tragic workplace accident occurred, when 5 workers employed by Metron Construction Incorporated fell 13 stories, more than...

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May 18, 2017

By Karen Fields

Ontario Government Releases its “Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care” Report

On August 20, 2015, we reported on the Ontario Government’s intention to elevate violence prevention for health care workers.  On May ...

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Mar 31, 2017

By Karen Fields

April 1st Deadline for Working at Heights Training Requirements for Construction Projects Extended - for some

April 1, 2017 is the deadline date for workers to be trained on the working at heights (WAH) training requirements as set out in the Occupational H...

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Mar 16, 2017

By Karen Fields

Occupational Health and Safety Updates

Critical Injury Clarified Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”), there are obligations to report injuries that occur in...

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Nov 24, 2016

By Karen Fields

Increased Criminal Liability for a Breach of Provincial Health and Safety Law

Perhaps, according to the recent decision in R. v. Fournier!  In April 2012 a workplace accident from a collapsed trench wall resulted in a fa...

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Nov 3, 2016

By Karen Fields

Digging Deep – Vale Canada Limited fined $1 Million for OHSA violations

As most are aware, fines being levied under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) have been on the increase for convictions....

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Jan 14, 2016

By Karen Fields

Project Manager Gets 3.5 Year Prison Term for Workplace Negligence

  In the past we have reported on the Metron matter where, on December 24, 2009, six workers entered a faulty swing stage to repair balconies ...

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Aug 20, 2015

By Karen Fields

Ontario Government Elevates Violence Prevention for Health Care Worker

In Ontario more than 550,000 people work at hospitals, long-term care homes and other health care workplaces.  The Ontario government reports ...

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Jun 29, 2015

By Karen Fields

Project Manager convicted of Criminal Negligence in Workplace Fatalities

On December 24, 2009, six workers entered a faulty swing stage to repair balconies on the 13th floor of an apartment building in Toronto.  Onl...

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May 14, 2015

By Karen Fields

SCC Confirms High Crown Disclosure Obligations

When charged with an Occupational Health and Safety Act violation, you need to be provided with complete Crown disclosure before you can decide whe...

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Mar 27, 2015

By Karen Fields

Working at Heights Training Standard - April 1, 2015

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) has the authority to establish standards for training progra...

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Dec 4, 2014

By Karen Fields

Supplier and Director of Company Fined $400,000 in Metron Fatalities

On June 27, 2012 we reported on the Metron Construction Case.  It is the case where six workers were repairing balconies on a modular 40 ...

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Jul 3, 2014

By Karen Fields

Mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Training now in Effect

As per our blog of February 2014, the Ministry of Labour’s Training Regulation is now in effect.  For further information please see bel...

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May 9, 2014

By Karen Fields

Ministry of Labour Initiatives

Employers should be aware of recent changes and initiatives from the Ministry of Labour under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA&r...

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Mar 27, 2014

By Karen Fields

Supervisor Jailed for 45 Days for Health and Safety Conviction

When a client has been charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) many times we are asked, what is the down side to ...

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Feb 6, 2014

By Karen Fields

Mandatory Occupational Health and Safety Awareness Training by July 1, 2014

One of the focuses of the Dean Report was to ensure that more training was taking place on health and safety in Ontario workplaces.  The Minis...

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Sep 18, 2013

By Karen Fields

Bankruptcy May be a Consideration in Setting Corporate Fine under Former Bill C-45 According to Top Court in Ontario $750,000 Fine Imposed

In the first appellate decision relating to the sentencing of a corporate defendant under the Criminal Code (formerly Bill C45), R. v. Metron Const...

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Jul 25, 2013

By Karen Fields

Changes to WHMIS Requirements on the Horizon?

Currently our Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) sets out the requirements for protecting workers from potentially hazardous ...

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