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  •  A Brampton manufacturer has pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that certain Occupational Health and Safety Act measures and procedures were carried out when a worker was severely burned in a 2012 accident. The court imposed an $80,000 fine, plus a 25% victim surcharge, which will be credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime. The worker is not expected to recover or be able to return to work.
  • The Ministry of Labour is considering extending noise protection requirements to certain workplaces that are not currently covered by noise requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  Industries that might be affected include: health care facilities, schools, farming operations, fire services, police services and amusement parks. The consultation proposal is available for public review and comment until December 29th.
  • Toyota Canada has been fined $65,000 after a worker was caught in a moving production line. The incident took place in October, when an employee on an instrument panel line noticed part of the production line was running in slow mode and reached under the line to press a reset button while the line was in operation.
  • A report has indicated that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is still giving rebates to companies that have been found guilty of safety violations leading to injury or death. The Ontario Federation of Labour compared the practices to ‘giving the finger’ to injured workers. Minister of labour Kevin Flynn told reporters that he expects a resolution in early 2015, but he wouldn’t say which changes will be made. 

 

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