Safety News
November 11, 2014 - Horizon Utilities’ president & CEO Max Cananzi joined Barry Brown of IBEW Local 636 to present a $15,000 cheque to Rob Ellis, founder of MySafeWork—a not-for-profit charitable organization created to prevent workplace accidents.
November 7, 2014 - The RCMP recently laid charges against a company named Montreal-Import and its owner, Rene Major Jr. of Terrebonne, alleging that Major sold electrical products bearing counterfeit UL certification logos.
November 6, 2014 - The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) celebrated the accomplishments of its member utilities and their frontline employees at the 2014 Occupational Health & Safety Awards ceremony in Ottawa.
October 7, 2014 - Last Thursday, Richard Hazel was sentenced in a Hamilton, Ont., court to 30 days in jail and fined $6250 on charges related to performing electrical work illegally and violating several Ontario College of Trades’ requirements. This is the first time a jail sentence has been handed down by an Ontario court for this type of offence.
October 1, 2014 - EBMag was there, last night, when the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) bestowed the 2014 Ontario Electrical Safety Awards to several deserving organizations. Congratulations to Hydro Ottawa, PowerStream, Utilities Kingston & City of Kingston, and Chief Public Safety Officer’s Special Recognition for Electrical Safety, Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek.
September 26, 2014 - General Glass International has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 10 serious safety violations, including five electrical safety hazards found at its fabrication and design centre at 101 Venture Way in Secaucus, N.J. Initiated after a complaint, the March 2014 inspection proposes $45,540 US in penalties.
September 26, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited McAfee Electric with one willful and one serious safety violation, carrying proposed penalties of $51,000 US.
September 25, 2014 - An inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has found that the deaths of two workers in a crane tip-over could have been prevented if the employer, Massachusetts Bay Electrical Corp., had set up and operated the crane according to the manufacturer’s instructions and trained employees in its proper operation.
September 25, 2014 - Willy Miranda, operating as Miranda Electric, has been convicted for a fourth time on charges related to performing electrical work illegally in two homes.
August 27, 2014 - About $2-million worth of copper is stolen from Hydro One annually, says the utility, which is why it is embarking upon a plan that will see the use of composite groundings with “no scrap metal value”.
August 26, 2014 - Thanks to Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) for letting us know of a survey that is part of the Safety Codes Act 2014 Stakeholder Consultation, and the deadline to have your say is September 8, 2014.
August 6, 2014 - Capital Safety (home of the DBI-Sala and Protecta brands) has acquired Fall Protection Group Inc.—a Calgary, Alta.-based training provider to at-height workers.
August 6, 2014 - Symtech Innovations Ltd. has been fined $90,000 after a worker died following a fall through a skylight while working on rooftop solar installation.
July 28, 2014 - Employees of P. Gioioso & Sons Inc. (Boston, Mass.) were exposed to possible electrocution from working close to energized powerlines at a Cambridge worksite where required safeguards were not used. The Hyde Park contractor now faces $70,290 US in proposed fines.
July 21, 2014 - Home improvement chain Lowe’s (Zanesville, Ohio) has been cited by the States’ OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) for five repeat and one serious safety violation; among the reasons was exposing workers to electrical hazards.

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