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Oct 5, 2018

By Susan Crawford

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 Susan Crawford

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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Nov 24, 2016

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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Aug 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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May 2, 2013

New Occupational Health and Safety Act Initiatives

There are two important updates on Occupational Health and Safety for this year: 1)       Safety Blitz Schedule ...

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Feb 11, 2013

"Sometimes a Swimming Pool is Just a Swimming Pool" - Court of Appeal Overturns Blue Mountain Decision

In December 2007 a guest at the Blue Mountain Resort died while swimming in the unattended indoor pool.  Blue Mountain did not file a notice u...

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Oct 11, 2012

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - a new National Standard

In November 2012, it is expected that CSA Z1003/BNQ9700-803-5, a National Standard in Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, ...

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Jun 7, 2012

Supervisor Health and Safety Draft Guidelines Released

One of the recommendations in the Dean Panel Report and Bill 160 was for more health and safety training.  One of the groups where training wi...

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May 31, 2012

Heat Stress Plans

Along with summer and hot sunny days comes the potential for heat stress related injuries for those working outside or in facilities without air co...

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May 8, 2012

Ministry of Labour's Summer Safety Blitzes to Focus on Young Workers

With the end of the school year comes the opportunity for students and young workers to earn money working in temporary and summer jobs.  Coin...

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