Safety News
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.
June 25, 2014 - An unlicensed individual—Martin Laprade—pleaded guilty June 9, 2014, to two counts of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence, and one count of leaving an unsafe condition. He has been convicted and fined $18,750 for illegal electrical work done in several schools and two residential sites in the Ottawa, Kingston and Pembroke areas of Ontario.
June 25, 2014 - U.S.-based Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi) has released the results of its 2014 Counterfeit Electrical Products Survey, and an overwhelming 96% of respondents believe counterfeits are—at the least—a moderate threat to public safety... yet only half reported a counterfeit electrical product upon discovery.
June 18, 2014 - A Los Alamos technique called muon tomography is said to be able to safely peer inside the cores of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and create high-resolution images of the damaged nuclear material inside without ever breaching the cores themselves. The initiative—scheduled for development in partnership with Toshiba Corporation—could reduce the time required to clean up the disabled complex while reducing radiation exposure to personnel working at the plant.
June 18, 2014 - Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Canada Ltd.—a maker of energy and telecom cables—was fined $60,000 after a worker at the company’s Prescott, Ont., facility was injured.
June 10, 2014 - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S. today released an interactive training tool to help small businesses identify hazards in the workplace.
June 10, 2014 - The oil & gas industry created Enform as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to meeting industry’s safety needs, and it just published “Electrical Safety: A Program Development Guideline”, which provides a framework for large and small companies in the industry to develop and implement electrical safety within a company’s occupational health & safety management system (OHSMS).
June 10, 2014 - Andrew Gallino of Gallino Contracting was recently found guilty in an Ontario court on one count of performing electrical work without an electrical contractor’s licence, and one count of advertising electrical services without that licence.
May 12, 2014 - How many hours do you work before you are owed overtime? Is it ever too hot or too cold to work outside? Alberta’s new Work Right campaign poses questions like these and invites employers and workers to find out more about workplace rules.
May 13, 2014 - To raise awareness of safety hazards involving overhead and underground powerlines, Ontario’s Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has created the Powerline Deadly Dozen—a web-based, mobile-friendly game where participants go over fictional case files featuring realistic images, videos—as well as police reports with victim and witness statements—to answer the question “What happened?”.
May 6, 2014 - A general contractor and a licensed electrical contractor have both been convicted and fined for illegal electrical work done in several Ontario schools in the Ottawa, Kingston and Pembroke areas.
April 29, 2014 - Following injuries to seven workers at Cooper Power Systems LLC—including chemical burns to the skin and irritation to respiratory tracts requiring urgent medical treatment—the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) cited the company for six violations, including two willful violations.

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