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New Requirements for BC Joint Health and Safety Committees

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If you operate a workplace in British Columbia with 10 or more workers, you may need to make some changes to your workplace health and safety practices....more

Workers flee during MOL investigation, roofing company fined for obstructing inspector

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A roofing company has been fined $40,000 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including $15,000 for obstructing a Ministry of Labour inspector. The MOL inspector had gone to the site because of a complaint. He...more

OLRB confirms 30-day hard-stop deadline for appealing Ontario MOL inspectors’ compliance orders

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A recent Ontario Labour Relations Board decision confirms that the 30-day deadline for appealing Ministry of Labour health and safety inspectors’ compliance orders under the Occupational Health and Safety Act cannot not be...more

Three days in jail for owner of roofing business after trying to deceive MOL inspector

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The owner of a roofing business has landed in jail for three days after trying to trick a Ministry of Labour inspector following a workplace accident. Three workers were working on a residential roofing project but the...more

City wins suspension of MOL inspector’s “constructor” order

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A city has won a suspension of a Ministry of Labour inspector’s decision that the city was a “constructor” under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act on a watermain-improvement project....more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Watch Out: Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitzes/Initiatives Are Coming

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour recently announced its 2016 and 2017 enforcement blitz and initiative schedule. In an effort to emphasize the importance of protecting workers’ rights and ensuring employer compliance with both...more

Criminal negligence causing death charge against auto mechanic reinstated by appeal court

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A charge of criminal negligence causing death against an auto mechanic may proceed, the Ontario Court of Appeal has decided, holding that it was possible that a reasonable jury could find that the mechanic was a “significant...more

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

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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

Ontario MOL Releases 2015-16 Safety Inspection Blitz Schedule

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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

Despite Possible OHSA Charges, Employer’s Appeal Of MOL Inspector’s Order May Proceed

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An employer’s appeal of a Ministry of Labour inspector’s compliance orders may proceed, despite the inspector’s ongoing investigation into possible charges, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled....more

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