Canadian employers hit with record-setting occupational health and safety fines

October 06, 2013 0 COMMENTS

By Norm Keith

With the introduction of the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada, occupational health and safety regulation, prosecution and conviction have been on the rise across the country. Recently, Vale Canada Limited and Metron Construction were given record fines in occupational health and safety and criminal negligence convictions, respectively. read more…

Homework for Ontario employers: new health and safety awareness training

February 24, 2013 0 COMMENTS

By Antonio Di Domenico

Occupational health and safety laws across Canada provide that employers must take certain steps to protect the health and safety of their workers. But none go so far as to make certain health and safety training mandatory. At least not until now. read more…

Occupational Health and Safety Law May Apply to Nonworkers

September 07, 2009 0 COMMENTS

A customer is hit by a car in your parking lot and is severely injured. You call 911 and a fire truck and ambulance arrive on the scene. A police officer also interviews all witnesses. This makes sense – the customer needs medical attention and the police have to investigate the incident. Surely your obligations stop there. You weren’t the customer’s employer so there’s nothing left to do.

A recent decision in Ontario – Blue Mountain Resorts Limited v. Ontario (Labour), 2009 CanLII 13609 (ON L.R.B.) – suggests that your obligations might not stop there. In fact, you might have to report the critical injury to the occupational health and safety authorities – even though the accident didn’t involve a worker. How can this be? Isn’t occupational health and safety law restricted to just that – occupational situations? The answer, at least for the time being in one Canadian province, is “no.”

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