Safety News
September 12, 2012 - It has been more than 17 years since there has been a lost-time injury at energy solutions provider, Ascent—a feat representing more than one million work hours for Ascent and another million work hours for its local energy distributor, St. Thomas Energy, it says.
Canada’s Safest Employers 2012 ( recognized 13 Canadian organizations for their outstanding achievements in promoting workplace health and safety. Winners from five categories were honoured as Canada’s safest employers at a gala event in Toronto, Ont., on September 6. Among those winners were:
September 4, 2012 - Linamar Holdings Inc., carrying on business as Transgear Manufacturing, a Guelph car part manufacturer, has been fined $150,000 after a worker was injured from a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
August 27, 2012 - In light of Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the United States, Schneider Electric is urging businesses to take every precaution with electrical equipment, offering the recommendations to ensure employee safety and avoid costly damage both to physical equipment and the financial losses of a prolonged shutdown:
August 9, 2012 - On July 24, 2012, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada Inc. was convicted in court of violating Ontario’s Electricity Act by hiring an unlicensed individual to do electrical work. The individual suffered serious arc flash injuries while attempting to remove conductors from an electrical panel. A fine of $70,000 was imposed, which included $50,000 to Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) to be used for electrical safety education.
July 24, 2012 - The Province of British Columbia announced Canada’s first provincial metal theft law and regulations (which came into effect yesterday, July 23, 2012) with identification and reporting requirements designed to limit the resale market for stolen assets, and ensure thieves are identified and prosecuted.
(Updated July 20, 2012, with response from CanWEA) - In recognition of the potential difficulty over the summer holiday period of certain interested Canadians in providing input before August 8, 2012, submissions will be accepted until September 7, 2012.July 10, 2012 - In collaboration with Statistics Canada, Health Canada will conduct a research study that will explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects reported by—and objectively measured in—people living near wind power developments.
July 19, 2012 - Food Directions Inc., a Scarborough, Ont.-based pasta manufacturer, was fined $60,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health & Safety Act after a worker was seriously injured in March 2009 when his arm was caught in a mixer’s moving blades.
July 18, 2012 - Waterloo North Hydro Inc., an electricity distributor for Waterloo, Ont., and the surrounding area, was fined $110,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) after a worker was injured due to an arc flash.
July 17, 2012 - Telvent, a real-time IT solutions and information provider, has been selected by Gamesa, a global technology player in wind energy, to provide lightning safety technology for its wind power plants in the United States.
July 13, 2012 - Electrical Business has learned that Wayne Edwards, VP sustainability & electrical safety with Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) has taken on the position of chair for the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) for a two-year term. Congratulations!
July 9, 2012 - The Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) is now offering the Certificate of Recognition (COR), a nationally recognized health and safety certification program. It provides employers with an effective health and safety management system with the goal of eliminating incidents, injuries and illnesses. COR is aimed at driving positive workplace behaviours and practices that lead to improved performance and is currently being used across Canada and is supported by the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA). In some provinces and territories, it is a pre-qualification requirement for contractors working in and out of the province and on public- and private-sector projects.INFRASTRUCTURE HEALTH & SAFETY ASSOCIATION (IHSA)
June 28, 2012 - Every year, hundreds of Albertans risk their lives needlessly by contacting an overhead or underground powerline. In 2011, that translated into about 861 powerline incidents, including one fatality. To leverage the message that powerline risks are 24/7/365, the Joint Utility Safety Team (JUST) has expanded its communications initiatives to include community building through strategic relationships with key stakeholders like Alberta schools.
June 18, 2012 - Saskatchewan’s ministry of labour relations & workplace safety has scheduled 30 information sessions across the province to explain the new Occupational Health and Safety amendments the government passed in May. Attendees will receive a guide that provides interpretations for each of the amended sections of The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993.
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