Adrian Miedema

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$5.3 million fine in Sunrise Propane case after joint prosecution under OHSA and EPA

Some cases illustrate very well the principle that “the more dangerous your operation, the more careful you must be”.  This case, involving a joint prosecution by the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Environment, is one of...more

2/2/2016 - Canada Cleanup Doctrine Energy Sector Environmental Protection Act Fines OHSA Propane Workplace Safety

“Presumptive remedy” for retaliatory discharge under OHSA is reinstatement of employee, OLRB states

Where an employer fires an employee for raising safety concerns, the employee will generally be entitled to reinstatement, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has stated. The case involved a restaurant employee who sent...more

1/28/2016 - Canada Hiring & Firing OHSA Ontario Labour Relations Board Retaliation Wage and Hour

Ontario OHSA convictions, fines inch up in 2014/15, MOL field visits at 11-year low

While the number of field visits conducted by Ontario Ministry of Labour inspectors continued to decline in 2014/15, the number of convictions increased slightly, the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s “Occupational Health & Safety...more

1/26/2016 - Canada OHSA Safety Inspections Workplace Injury Workplace Safety

July 1, 2016: All Ontario employers must comply with new noise regulation

As of July 1, 2016, all Ontario employers will be required to comply with a new workplace noise Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The new Regulation (381/15) replaces noise protection requirements...more

1/22/2016 - Amusement Parks Canada Mining New Regulations Noise Control Ordinances OHSA Oil & Gas

Contractor jailed for 30 days, fined $45,000 after serious asbestos violations

Every now and then a case comes along to remind us that violators of occupational health and safety legislation can be sent to jail. Mind you, this case involved not only serious safety violations, but also deceit and...more

1/19/2016 - Asbestos Canada Ministry of Labour OHSA Workplace Hazards

Summary of judge’s reasons for giving Kazenelson, “unquestionably a person of good character”, a 3 1/2 year jail sentence for...

The judge’s reasons for sending Metron Construction’s project manager, Vadim Kazenelson, to jail for criminal negligence are now available. In our post of January 11th, we reported that the judge had sentenced Mr....more

1/14/2016 - Canada Criminal Investigations Criminal Negligence Workplace Injury Workplace Safety

3 1/2 years in prison for Metron project manager, Kazenelson, after criminal negligence conviction

Vadim Kazenelson, the project manager for Metron Construction, was sentenced today to 3½ years in prison for criminal negligence. This is the longest-ever jail sentence handed down for criminal negligence under the...more

1/12/2016 - Canada Construction Industry Convictions Criminal Negligence Criminal Prosecution Workplace Safety

“Industry standard” is not always appropriate safety precaution, and MOL inspector’s “gut instinct” is not enough to ground...

A mining company has won a lengthy dispute with the Ontario Ministry of Labour after satisfying the Ontario Labour Relations Board that the applicable “industry standard” was not appropriate in the case at hand. The...more

1/7/2016 - Canada Inspections Mining OHSA OLRB Workplace Safety

Does your safety policy require an accident investigation? Court suggests investigation file may not be litigation privileged

An Alberta judge has suggested that if a workplace safety policy or program requires that certain accidents be investigated, then the accident investigation reports may not be subject to litigation privilege – meaning that...more

1/5/2016 - Canada Privileged Documents Safety Inspections Workplace Investigations Workplace Safety

Criminal negligence conviction for landlord who disregarded Fire Code violations, deceived fire inspector

An appeal court has upheld the conviction of a landlord for criminal negligence causing death after numerous Fire Code violations led to a tenant’s death.  The case demonstrates that violations of duties under provincial...more

12/22/2015 - Canada Criminal Negligence Fires Landlords Safety Violations Wrongful Death

“I guess I’d have to kill you” remark could not reasonably have been interpreted as a “viable threat”: fired worker entitled to...

A worker’s comment that “I guess I’d have to kill you” was clearly inappropriate but did not constitute wilful misconduct under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has held. The case...more

12/10/2015 - Canada Employment Standards Act Hiring & Firing Willful Misconduct

Judge chides employer that countersued against employee for making allegedly “false” safety complaint to Ministry of Labour

Courts should discourage employers from suing employees for making safety complaints to the Ministry of Labour, an Ontario Small Claims Court deputy judge has stated. An employee, who worked for an electrical contractor...more

12/8/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Canada Ministry of Labour Safety Inspections

Fraud conviction for worker who collected workers’ compensation benefits after returning to job

A Saskatchewan labourer has pleaded guilty to fraud after having been caught collecting workers compensation benefits following his return to work. He has also been ordered to reimburse the Saskatchewan Workers’...more

12/4/2015 - Canada Fraud Workers Compensation Awards

OHSA charges dismissed against tourist resort in boating fatality

An Ontario court has dismissed two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against a tourist resort after the Ministry of Labour failed to prove its case. The charges followed an incident in 2012 in which...more

12/4/2015 - Canada Dismissals Hospitality Industry Ministry of Labour OHSA Wrongful Death

HRTO settlement did not bar employment standards and OHSA complaints relating to time period after settlement

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has held that Minutes of Settlement signed in the settlement of an application at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, barred the employee from advancing employment standards and health and...more

11/20/2015 - Canada Employment Standards Act OHSA Ontario Labour Relations Board Settlement

Post-accident remedial measures were a “small bit of common-sense engineering”, relevant evidence in finding company guilty of...

An employer’s post-accident efforts to fix a safety issue were relevant to the issue of whether it had violated the Occupational Health and Safety Act at the time of the accident, an Alberta judge has held....more

10/23/2015 - Canada OHSA Workplace Hazards Workplace Injury Workplace Safety

Employee guilty of “reckless” speeding in mine trolley: dismissal upheld

Unsafe operation of equipment is an easy way to get dismissed or charged with Occupational Health and Safety Act – or sometimes even criminal – offences. A labour arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of a mining employee for...more

8/5/2015 - Arbitration Canada Heavy Equipment Mining OHSA Reckless Driving Workplace Safety

Arbitrator Strikes Down Employer’s Total Ban On Smoking During Shift

Starting in January 2015, the employer – which manufactured wire and cable products – banned smoking anywhere on company property, including outside of the plant. Employees were also prohibited from leaving company property...more

7/1/2015 - Arbitration Canada Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies OHSA Smoking Bans Unions

“Creative sentence” imposed for OHSA violation: company must give 150 hours of safety presentations on case, plus pay fine

A Nova Scotia court has imposed a “creative sentence” for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, requiring the company to make safety presentations in addition to paying a fine. A journeyman electrician...more

6/23/2015 - Canada Corporate Fines OHSA Training Requirements Workplace Hazards Workplace Injury

U.S. OSHA and Health Canada continue “partnership” to coordinate labelling and classification of hazardous chemicals, implement...

Health Canada and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have announced that they will “continue their partnership” to “align United States and Canadian regulatory approaches regarding labelling and...more

6/16/2015 - Canada Chemicals Globally Harmonized System Healthcare OSHA Workplace Safety

Ontario Bill will increase fines for Workplace Safety & Insurance Act violations

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that will, among other things, quintuple the maximum fine against corporations for violating the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act, Ontario’s workers’ compensation act....more

6/9/2015 - Canada Workplace Injury

Cost of compliance with safety officer’s order could cause serious economic harm to company: Appeals Tribunal

A safety officer’s compliance order has been suspended where the cost of compliance would be so high that it could cause serious economic harm to the company. The company performed stevedoring and terminal handling of...more

6/3/2015 - Canada OHSA Ports Workplace Hazards Workplace Safety

Worker awarded WSIB benefits after health and safety officer “grabbed him and threw him to the ground”

In an unusual case, a construction site superintendent has won entitlement to workers compensation benefits after persuading an appeals tribunal that he was assaulted by his employer’s health and safety officer and was not an...more

5/26/2015 - Appeals Canada Construction Industry OSHA Workers Compensation Awards Workplace Safety WSIB

Ontario MOL Releases 2015-16 Safety Inspection Blitz Schedule

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released its schedule of workplace inspection blitzes for the period from May 2015 to March 2016. The schedule gives employers advance notice of what MOL inspectors will look for when they...more

5/19/2015 - Canada Construction Cranes Construction Industry Employer Liability Issues Heavy Equipment Mining Ministry of Labour OHSA Safety Inspections

Injured Worker’s Act was Not Foreseeable: OHSA Charges Against Employer Dismissed

Recently, an Ontario court dismissed Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against an employer where the injured worker’s unexpected and unauthorized act led to his injury. The worker used an overhead crane to rotate a...more

5/8/2015 - Canada Construction Cranes Due Diligence Ministry of Labour Ontario OSHA Workplace Injury

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