Safety News
September 13, 2017 —Yvon Richer of Orleans, Ont. was convicted in an Ottawa court on August 29 and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine plus a 25% ($2,500) victim fine surcharge for advertising for electrical work without a license.
September 6, 2017 – Entegrus Powerlines Inc., a Chatham, Ont., electrical utility contractor, has been fined $70,000 after two workers received electrical burns, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour.
August 30, 2017 - With more volts than ever in electric vehicles (EVs) and solar-panelled rooftops, first responder and electrical worker safety is a growing concern. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL in the U.S.) are addressing this challenge with the development of a probe to accurately detect direct current (DC) energy.
August 11, 2017 - Last month, a contractor was sentenced in a Burlington, Ont., court to five days in jail and ordered to pay $40,000 in fines (plus a 25% victim fine surcharge) for doing electrical work illegally.
June 29, 2017* - At the National Academy of Construction’s annual meeting this fall, a collaborative workshop will be held between NAC and the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Committee (Construction Subcommittee) with the aim of reducing electrical injuries and fatalities in the construction industry.
July 18, 2017 - Believe it or not, there hasn’t been a lost-time injury at Nova Scotia Power’s Milton Heavy Maintenance Shop since June 27, 1977. Congratulations!
June 21, 2017 - Siemens Wind Power Ltd. has pleaded guilty and been fined $60,000 after a worker first fell from a weigh scale and was subsequently struck by a moving loader, reports Ontario’s Ministry of Labour.
May 29, 2017 - In 2013, the owner of a career college facility in Mississauga, Ont., hired Elias Mikhail (an unlicensed contractor) to do some electrical work. It was a cash transaction with no receipt or record of work, and no electrical permits secured. And it gets worse...
May 10, 2017 - Employees of Nova Scotia Power’s Tufts Cove Generating Station in Dartmouth recently celebrated two million hours of service without lost time due to injury.
March 28, 2017 - The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) reports an electrical worker on the non-radiological side of the Bruce Power B received an electrical shock and was taken to hospital. He remains in stable condition.
March 9, 2017 - Following a workplace fatality, Kelvin Rowlett—a supervisor with SaskPower—was found guilty of two counts under The Saskatchewan Employment Act in Melfort Provincial Court, and fined $28,000.
February 23, 2017 - Have you or someone you know encountered electrical safety hazards or identified safety issues that, if not addressed, could have posed a serious threat?
February 9, 2017 - Konecranes Canada Inc., a company that services industrial cranes and lifting devices, pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was fatally injured by an electrical shock.
December 26, 2016 - Bona Building & Management Ltd.—an owner-operator of residential and commercial buildings—pleaded guilty and has been fined $50,000 after a worker received an electrical shock and was injured while replacing part of a light fixture.
December 15, 2016 - The Ontario Electrical Safety Authority honoured Eaton’s Electrical Services and Systems and four other companies recently for its dedication to worker safety during its annual award program.
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