A trucking company should have offered a tanker truck driver fresh training before asking him to pull a 53′ refrigerated trailer (referred to as a “reefer” load) which was longer and taller, a health and safety appeals tribunal has ruled in the case of Keith Hall & Sons Transport Limited v. Robin Wilkins, 2017 OHSTC 1 (CanLII).
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WorkSafeNB is asking all New Brunswickers to make safety part of everyday conversation to help young workers stay safe on the job.
It may not be well known, but there are instances where domestic violence is an issue of workplace health and safety. There is situation, therefore, where it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee that is a victim of domestic violence is safe while at work. Violence may take many forms, as domestic violence is an attempt to gain power or control over a person with whom one has an intimate relationship. This may take many forms, such as texting, email, phone or stalking.
An arbitrator has stated that the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act does not make employers “answerable to their employees for harassment to which they have been subjected by fellow employees or managers”.
A boom truck operator who pleaded guilty to an Occupational Health and Safety Act charge after a workplace fatality, has had a criminal negligence charge against him stayed by the court. The boom truck toppled over, pinning a worker who died as a result. The operator’s failure to extend the outriggers and stabilizers resulted in the boom truck toppling over.
In a recent WSIB case, an interesting issue arose as to whether a commissioned door-to-door salesperson, who was hit by a car while crossing the street on his lunch break, was acting “in the course of his employment” within the meaning of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (the WSIA).
An Ontario company has lost its argument that an Occupational Health and Safety Act prosecution should be ended before the company called any evidence at trial.
Workplace inspections are an essential, proactive part of an overall safety program that has been in place for decades.
On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. (2017 SCC 30). This is a landmark decision, reinforcing the right of employers to take proactive risk mitigation and management measures through alcohol and drug policies to ensure workplace safety.
Ontario has amended the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to make WSIB benefits available for “chronic or traumatic mental stress” arising from the workplace, starting January 1, 2018. There will be no retroactive application
Western Medical Assessments (WMA) provides expert medical assessment services to insurance companies, lawyers (both defense and plaintiff) and employers. Our reputation as one of Canada’s most respected disability assessment companies is premised on our trusted network of thousands of clinical experts — mostly specialists — across all medical disciplines (physical and psychological). We’ve been entrusted to complete 63,000 independent medical examinations (IMEs) as our clients appreciate our medical direction, evidence-based medical opinions and complete independence from any ethical conflicts of interest.