Ontario will conduct a workplace inspection blitz from January 18, 2016 to February 26, 2016, focusing on hazards that could lead to serious worker injuries, such as amputations of limbs, or death. The primary focus of the blitz will be machine guarding and lockout.
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Construction site supervisor Vadim Kazenelson has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for his role in a scaffolding collapse at a Toronto construction site on Christmas Eve 2009 that left four workers dead.
The Ontario Superior Court found Kazenelson, now in his 40s, guilty in June 2015 of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence.
It's the first time in Ontario that someone has been sentenced under a 2004 law that makes employers criminally liable for workplace safety lapses.
Ontario Federation of Labour president Chris Buckley praised the judge's ruling, which he said sends a strong message to any employer who tries to save money by skirting workplace safety rules.
In an effort to protect workers from noise-induced hearing loss, a new noise regulation will be coming into effect July 1, 2016.
The update now includes construction projects, health care facilities, schools, farming operations, fire services, police services, and amusement parks.
Key changes include: