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MOL Clarifies its Interpretation of “Critical Injury”

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The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to report fatalities and “critical injuries” to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The Ministry of Labour has recently released clarification on its...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

After accepting guilty plea, prosecutor cannot reargue trial court’s decision to exclude evidence of worker’s injury when setting...

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The Ministry of Labour cannot reopen a Justice of the Peace’s decision to exclude evidence that a worker was injured, where the defendant company later pleaded guilty to Occupational Health and Safety Act charges and the...more

“Reputable and responsible” owner / operator guilty of OHSA charge after drill rig collapse at York University

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After a dramatic and tragic incident in which a large drill rig fell over at York University, fatally injuring a backhoe operator and badly injuring an excavator operator, the company that owned and operated the rig has been...more

Court throws out MOL evidence due to late disclosure, notice in OHSA prosecution

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An Ontario judge has thrown out laser scan evidence due to the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s late disclosure and late notice to defence counsel that the MOL intended to present that evidence in court....more

Ontario MOL now posting “de-identified” information on fatalities online, even before OHSA charges laid

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Ontario workplace fatalities could now result in a “de-identified” posting on the Ministry of Labour’s website, even before Occupational Health and Safety Act charges are laid. The postings provide a brief description of the...more

Two superintendents fined for OHSA violations in scissor lift fatality

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Two superintendents have been found guilty of offences under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and fined $4,000 each after a worker died when a scissor lift was knocked over by a garage door. The accident...more

MOL engineer not qualified to give expert evidence: he was too involved in the investigation, too closely identified with...

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An Ontario judge has refused to permit a professional engineer employed with the Ontario Ministry of Labour to testify as an expert in a health and safety prosecution. A company was charged under the Occupational Health...more

Project Manager for Metron Construction convicted of criminal negligence in Christmas Eve fatalities. Three individuals and two...

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The project manager who supervised the four workers who died after a swing stage scaffold collapsed on Christmas Eve, 2009, has been found guilty on four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal...more

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

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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

Farm Employer Guilty: “Accident Waiting To Happen” In Case Of Sinking Trailer That Rose Again

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A farm employer has been convicted of a charge under the Occupational Health and Safety Act where portable steps being used by the employer were “not even barely adequate”....more

Supervisor Fined For Disturbing Accident Scene

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An Ontario supervisor has been convicted and fined under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for disturbing an accident scene....more

When Is An MOL Notice Of Workplace Accident Required? Ontario Court Of Appeal Clarifies

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Many Ontario employers will be relieved by an Ontario appeal decision that clarifies – and limits – the obligation to report workplace accidents to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. “[I]t is not part of the purpose and...more

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