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BFI Canada Inc. Fined $150,000 After Worker Injured

Nov 22nd, 2011Comments Off

BFI Canada Inc. Fined $150,000 After Worker Injured

Ottawa, ON – BFI Canada Inc., a waste management company operating in Canada and the United States, was fined $150,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On May 28, 2009, a worker from a temporary help agency was assigned to a waste collection route for BFI Canada Inc. in Ottawa. The worker’s job was to take recyclable material from the curb and put it into a waste collection truck. While performing these duties, the worker got out of the truck while it was still moving and the truck ran over the worker’s foot.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the company had safety procedures that prohibited workers from exiting a moving vehicle. However, the temporary worker was not properly trained in these procedures.

BFI Canada Inc. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction and supervision to the worker with respect to safe operating procedures for mobile waste collection.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Beverly Souliere. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Business Owner Fined $17,000 For Non-Compliance

Nov 9th, 2011Comments Off

Perth, ON – Waldemar Kozuchowski, sole proprietor ofInfinity Marble of Canada, a synthetic marble and granite manufacturing company, was fined $17,000 for failing to comply with inspectors’ orders.

On May 22, 2009, Ministry of Labour inspectors visited Mr. Kozuchowski’s business in Carleton Place, ON. They noticed several health and safety violations and issued Mr. Kozuchowski orders to comply with the legislation. Inspectors made several follow up visits but the violations remained and the inspectors had to write more orders. Between May 22, 2009 and May 5, 2010, inspectors wrote a total of 23 orders for various violations. Of those orders, 15 were not complied with and mostly related to the following
violations:

  • Flammable liquids were improperly stored
  • The mixing area was not properly ventilated
  • There was no system to contain spills
  • The spray booth was missing a make-up air system
  • Material safety data sheets for controlled products were not readily available to workers
  • Housekeeping practices were not adequate to control dust hazards
  • Mr. Kozuchowski failed to ensure that workers wore respirators

One of the orders, issued March 4, 2010, was a stop work order on the spray booth due to inadequate air flow. Mr. Kozuchowski admitted in court that he continued using the spray booth despite the stop work order.

Mr. Kozuchowski was found guilty of 15 counts of failing to comply with an order issued by an inspector. He was fined $3,000 for failing to comply with the stop work order and $1,000 for failing to comply with each of 14 additional orders.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Jacques Desjardins. In addition to the fines, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

 

 

Company Fined $55,000 After Worker Injured

Oct 21st, 2011Comments Off

Kingston, ON – SMG Canada Ulc., carrying on business in partnership with Arcturus SMG Canada, a company that manages public facilities, was fined $55,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On November 18, 2009, two of the company’s workers at K Rock Centre in Kingston were unpacking a crate containing sheets of tempered arena glass. The workers removed the front panels of the crate and looked at the glass inside. The glass looked like it was tipped away from them. One of the workers left the area while the other worker cut the straps securing the glass in the crate. The glass, which was not actually tipped backwards in the crate, fell onto the worker.
The worker sustained leg injuries.

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker had never unpacked glass crated this way and the worker had not been advised that it was a safety hazard to unpack glass without assistance.

SMG Canada Ulc., carrying on business in partnership with Arcturus SMG Canada, pleaded guilty to failing to acquaint the worker with any hazard in the unpacking of the glass.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Lorraine Watson. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Company and Supervisor Fined $130,000 Total After Worker Killed

Oct 19th, 2011Comments Off

Toronto, ON – 2021960 Ontario Inc., carrying on business as New Forest Paper Mills LP, was fined $125,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed. A supervisor, Morteza Alemi, was fined $5,000 in relation to the same incident. 

On July 12, 2010, a maintenance worker at the company’s Toronto facility was working on a sprinkler system from a ladder that was on a platform about five meters high. Mr. Alemi was holding the ladder. When a blast of water came through the sprinkler, the worker lost balance and fell to the concrete floor, suffering fatal injuries. 

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker was not wearing a safety belt and harness.

2021960 Ontario Inc., carrying on business as New Forest Paper Mills LP, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the worker was wearing a fall arrest system. Mr. Alemi pleaded guilty to the same. 

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Karin Dresher. In addition to the fines, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Stefcon Construction Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured.

Oct 1st, 2011Comments Off

September 30, 2011

Stefcon Construction Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured. 

Toronto, ON – Stefcon Construction Inc., a Concord masonry and bricklaying contractor, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. 

On June 1, 2010, the company was performing masonry work at a commercial construction project on Regent St. in Toronto. A worker was dismantling a scaffold when the worker tripped on debris that was left on the scaffold’s second level. The worker fell over three meters to the ground below and suffered a back injury. 

A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the worker was not wearing any fall protection at the time of the incident. 

Stefcon Construction Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the worker was adequately protected by a form of fall protection while exposed to the falling hazard. 

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace D. Keith Currie. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

MOL Blitzing PPE in October!

Sep 10th, 2011Comments Off

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) reduces or prevents a worker’s exposure to occupational health and safety hazards. The equipment acts as a barrier to protect workers from blows to the body, loud noises, heat, chemicals, infections, and electrical and other hazards. PPE can refer to protective clothing, helmets, shoes, goggles, respirators and other safety gear worn or used by workers.

In October 2011, the Ministry of Labour will focus on PPE during an enforcement blitz at industrial and health care workplaces across Ontario.

Some duties of workplace parties

Employers, supervisors and workers have duties and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. Workplace obligations include, but are not limited, to the following:

An employer must:

  • Ensure the PPE provided is used by the worker [OHSA clause 25(1)(d)]
  • Provide and maintain in good condition all prescribed PPE [clauses 25(1)(a) & (b)]

A supervisor must:

  • Ensure a worker wears the PPE required by the OHSA and its regulations [clause 27(1)(a)]
  • Ensure the worker uses the PPE required by the employer [clause 27(1)(b)]

A worker must:

  • Wear any PPE required by the employer [clause 28(1)(b)]
  • Report to the employer or supervisor any known missing or defective PPE [clause 28(1)(c)]
  • Not remove or disable any PPE required by the employer or by the supervisor [clause 28(1)(d)]

Priority areas

Although the blitz will mainly focus on head, eye and foot protection at industrial and health care workplaces, inspectors may also address other types of PPE, including fall, respiratory, skin and hearing protection.

Inspectors will check whether the requirements related to the selection, use and care of PPE, and worker training in the use of PPE are being met by all workplace parties, as specified in the OHSA.

Industrial workplaces

In industrial workplaces, inspectors will focus on PPE that protects the eye, head and foot, and address any other hazards they may find.

Inspectors will focus on safety gear used by workers in the following sectors:

  • wood and metal fabrication
  • vehicle sales and service
  • food and beverage
  • wholesalers
  • education

Health care workplaces

The blitz will also focus on hospitals, long-term care homes and homes for residential care. The blitz will check for safety gear being worn or used by non-clinical staff in the following departments of health care workplaces:

  • dietary services (nutrition and food services/kitchen)
  • housekeeping/environmental services
  • maintenance shops, the central sterile supply and laundry departments of a health care workplace

Inspectors will look for equipment that protects the:

  • head
  • eyes and face
  • lungs
  • hearing
  • hands and feet

Sections 10 through 15 of the Health Care and Residential Facilities regulation (O. Reg. 67/93) – regarding PPE – will apply to applicable workplaces

Stupid Forklift Tricks – Drinking and driving on a forklift

Sep 4th, 2011Comments Off

Man charged with drunk driving on forklift

Nova Scotia – Police arrested a Truro man yesterday for drinking and driving after he was pulled over on a forklift that they discovered was stolen.

Police pulled the driver over after seeing the forklift cruising along a residential street at about 2 a.m.

Source: Toronto Star wire services


Call it a bad case of FORK RAGE!

Sure there’s road rage, but this is ridiculous! A forty year-old Seattle man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for assaulting a co-worker with his forklift. The perpetrator had recently found out that his ex-girlfriend had started dating another man at work. Enraged with jealousy, he hopped in his forklift and drove it into the side of the new boyfriend’s truck.

After impact, the boyfriend jumped out of the truck and started to run away. The “angry ex” then proceeded to pull out a gun and shot at the boyfriend 6 times! Fortunately, no one was injured. However, the whole event probably caused the new boyfriend to seriously reconsider his new relationship.

Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

Sep 1st, 2011Comments Off

 

Company Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured NEWMARKET, ON – Hardrock Forming Co. – Division of 5556347 Ontario Limited was found guilty and fined $50,000 on August 26, 2011, after being convicted of a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

On November 4, 2008, a Hardrock employee was working on a project at 220 Commerce Valley Drive West in Markham. The project involved a system of wooden moulds for concrete called formwork. The worker stepped on the formwork and fell through, suffering a wrist injury.

A Ministry of Labour inspector attended the project and found that the support and bracing for the formwork had been removed, but appropriate signs warning workers of the hazard had not been placed.

After a trial, Hardrock Forming Co. – Division of 5556347 Ontario Limited was fined for failing, as an employer, to ensure that signs were posted in prominent locations and in sufficient numbers to warn workers of a hazard on a project.

Loading Dock Safety

Aug 29th, 2011Comments Off

The MOL is focusing on loading dock safety,  follow the link below to watch a video of a MOL inspector who will guide through a typical loading dock inspection. to see if you are complying.

 http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/gallery/v_loadingdock_hs.php

WHMIS ON-LINE

Aug 29th, 201123,535 Comments

From our friends at the CCOHS www.ccohs.ca a detailed overview of the WHMIS requirements.

What are WHMIS classes or classifications?

WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) uses classifications to group chemicals with similar properties or hazards. The Controlled Products Regulations specifies the criteria used to place materials within each classification. There are six (6) classes although several classes have divisions or subdivisions. Each class has a specific symbol to help people identify the hazard quickly. The classes are:

Class A – Compressed GasClass B – Flammable and Combustible Material

Division 1: Flammable Gas
Division 2: Flammable Liquid
Division 3: Combustible Liquid
Division 4: Flammable Solid
Division 5: Flammable Aerosol
Division 6: Reactive Flammable Material

Class C – Oxidizing MaterialClass D – Poisonous and Infectious Material

Division 1: Materials causing immediate and serious toxic effects
    Subdivision A: Very toxic material
    Subdivision B: Toxic materialDivision 2: Materials causing other toxic effects
    Subdivision A: Very toxic material
    Subdivision B: Toxic materialDivision 3: Biohazardous Infection Material

Class E – Corrosive materialClass F – Dangerously reactive material

What is a Class A – Compressed Gas?

Symbol for Class A

Any material that is normally a gas which is placed under pressure or chilled, and contained by a cylinder is considered to be a compressed gas. These materials are dangerous because they are under pressure. If the cylinder is broken, the container can ‘rocket’ or ‘torpedo’ at great speeds and this is a danger to anyone standing too close. If the cylinder is heated (by fire or rise in temperature), the gas may try to expand and the cylinder will explode. Leaking cylinders are also a danger because the gas that comes out is very cold and it may cause frostbite if it touches your skin (for example: carbon dioxide or propane). Common examples include: compressed air, carbon dioxide, propane, oxygen, ethylene oxide, and welding gases. The hazard symbol is a picture of a cylinder or container of compressed gas surrounded by a circle.

Additional dangers may be present if the gas has other hazardous properties. For example: propane is both a compressed gas and it will burn easily. Propane would have two hazard symbols – the one for a compressed gas and another to show that it is a flammable material.
What is a Class B – Flammable and Combustible Material?

Symbol for Class B

Flammable means that the material will burn or catch on fire easily at normal temperatures (below 37.8 degrees C or 100 deg F). Combustible materials must usually be heated before they will catch on fire at temperatures above normal (between 37.8 and 93.3 deg C or 100 and 200 deg F). Reactive flammable materials are those which may suddenly start burning when it touches air or water, or may react with air or water to make a flammable gas. The material may be a solid, liquid or gas which makes up the different divisions that fall under this class. Common examples include: propane, butane, acetylene, ethanol, acetone, turpentine, toluene, kerosene, Stoddard solvent, spray paints and varnish. The symbol for this class is a flame with a line under it inside a circle.
What is a Class C – Oxidizing Materials?

Symbol for Class C

Oxygen is necessary for a fire to occur. Some chemicals can cause other materials to burn by supplying oxygen. Oxidizers do not usually burn themselves but they will either help the fire by providing more oxygen or they may cause materials that normally do not burn to suddenly catch on fire (spontaneous combustion). In some cases, a spark or flame (source of ignition) is not necessary for the material to catch on fire but only the presence of an oxidizer. Oxidizers can also be in the form of gases (oxygen, ozone), liquids (nitric acid, perchloric acid solutions) and solids (potassium permanganate, sodium chlorite). Some oxidizers such as the organic peroxide family are extremely hazardous because they will burn (they are combustible) as well as they have the ability to provide oxygen for the fire. They can have strong reactions which can result in an explosion. The symbol for oxidizing materials is an “o” with flames on top of it inside a circle.
What is a Class D – Poisonous and Infectious materials?

Class D materials are those which can cause harm to your body. They are divided into three major divisions.

Division 1: Materials Causing Immediate and Serious Toxic Effects

Symbol for Class D1

 

These are materials that are very poisonous and immediately dangerous to life and health. Serious health effects such as burns, loss of consciousness, coma or death within just minutes or hours after exposure are grouped in this category. Most D-1 materials will also cause longer term effects as well (those effects that are not noticed for months or years). Examples of some D-1 materials include carbon monoxide, sodium cyanide, sulphuric acid, toluene-2,4-diisocyanate (TDI), and acrylonitrile. The symbol for Class D – Division 1 (D-1) is a skull and crossed bones inside a circle.

Division 2: Materials Causing Other Toxic Effects

Symbol for Class D2

 

These materials are poisonous as well. Their effects are not always quick, or if the effects are immediate but they are only temporary. The materials that do not have immediate effects, however, may still have very serious consequences such as cancer, allergies, reproductive problems or harm to the baby, changes to your genes, or irritation / sensitization which have resulted from small exposures over a long period of time (chronic effects).

Division 2 of Class D has two subclasses called D2A (very toxic) and D2B (toxic). While it is not a legal requirement for the WHMIS sub-classification to be reported on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) nor is it a requirement for classes D2A or D2B to be distinguished on the label, it is often possible to make this distinction using the health hazard information on the label and/or the MSDS.

Products are typically classified as D2A (very toxic) if the chemical has been shown to be carcinogenic, embryo toxic, teratogenic, mutagenic (to reproductive cells), reproductive toxic, sensitizer (to respiratory tract) or chronic (long-term) toxicity (at low doses). Subdivision D2B (toxic) covers mutagenic (to non-reproductive cells), sensitization of the skin, skin or eye irritation, as well as chronic toxic effects.

Examples include: asbestos fibres, mercury, acetone, benzene, quartz silica (crystalline), lead and cadmium. The symbol for materials causing other toxic effects looks like a “T” with an exclamation point “!” at the bottom inside a circle.

Division 3: Biohazardous Infectious Materials

Symbol for Class D3

 

These materials are organisms or the toxins they produce that can cause diseases in people or animals. Included in this division are bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. As these organisms can live in body tissues and fluids, they should be treated as toxic. Urine and feces should be treated as toxic only if they are visibly contaminated with blood. Biohazardous infectious materials are usually found in a hospital, health care facility, laboratories, veterinary practices and research facilities. Workers in these places do not usually know which tissues or fluids contain dangerous organisms. For this reason, the workers assume that every sample is dangerous and proper protection is used all the time. Examples of biohazardous infectious materials include the AIDS/HIV virus, Hepatitis B and salmonella. The symbol for this division looks like three “c”s joined together with a little circle in the middle all inside a circle.
What is a Class E – Corrosive Material?

Symbol for Class E

Corrosive is the name given to materials that can cause severe burns to skin and other human tissues such as the eye or lung, and can attack clothes and other materials including metal. Corrosives are grouped in this special class because their effects are permanent (irritants whose effects may be similar but temporary are grouped in Class D-2). Common corrosives include acids such as sulphuric and nitric acids, bases such as ammonium hydroxide and caustic soda and other materials such as ammonia gas, chlorine, and nitrogen dioxide. The symbol for a corrosive is a picture of two test tubes pouring liquid on a bar (piece of metal) and a hand with lines coming off of them inside a circle.
What is a Class F – Dangerously Reactive Materials?

Symbol for Class F

A material is considered to be dangerously reactive if it shows three different properties or abilities: first, if it can react very strongly and quickly (called “vigorously”) with water to make a toxic gas; second, if it will react with itself when it gets shocked (bumped or dropped) or if the temperature or pressure increases; and thirdly, if it can vigorously join to itself (polymerization), break down (decomposition) or lose extra water such that it is a more dense material (condensation). If a material is dangerously reactive, it will most likely be described as “unstable”. Most of these materials can be extremely hazardous if they are not handled properly because they can react in such a quick manner very easily. Examples of these products are ethyl acrylate, vinyl chloride, ethylene oxide, picric acid and anhydrous aluminum chloride. The symbol for dangerously reactive materials is a picture of a test tube with sparks or lines coming out of the tube surrounded by a letter “R” inside a circle.
Are there any hazardous materials not included in WHMIS?

Yes. There are nine basic categories of materials that are not covered by WHMIS. When WHMIS was created it was recognized that a lot of safety information was already being transmitted to workers for many of these products under other laws. To prevent delay in starting WHMIS, exclusions were made.

They are:

  • consumer restricted products (those products sold to people in regular stores that are already labelled following the rules of the Hazardous Products Act)
  • explosives (as defined by the Explosives Act)
  • cosmetics, drugs, food or devices (as defined by the Food and Drug Act)
  • pest control products (pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, etc) (as defined by the Pest Control Products Act)
  • radioactive materials (as defined by the Nuclear Safety and Control Act)
  • wood and products made of wood
  • a manufactured article
  • tobacco or products made of tobacco
  • hazardous wastes

Materials which fall under WHMIS follow the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations while they are in transport (shipment).

For several years, there have been proposals to make some of the above products follow the WHMIS laws. Most of the products that may be affected are the ones in categories 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. However, there have been no changes to the WHMIS regulations yet.

 

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