Found in the Government of Ontario Newsroom

Lafarge Canada Inc., a manufacturer of construction material, pleaded guilty today to a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) that caused the death of a worker. The company was fined $350,000.

On August 27, 2008, workers at the company’s cement plant in Ernestown were lining the inside of a kiln with new bricks. To install bricks on the ceiling of the kiln, the workers used a special rig. The rig was composed of a work platform mounted on four legs with an overhead arch to hold up bricks. As the workers advanced the rig along the sloping kiln floor, they had to adjust its legs to keep the work platform level. As the rig was being adjusted, its platform lurched forward. The workers who had been on the platform fell, as did the rig’s arch. The arch, weighing over 400 kilograms, landed on one of the workers, fatally crushing him.

Excerpts from the OH&S Canada Magazine

Provincial health and safety inspection are in no danger of becoming privatized, says Peter Fonseca, Ontario’s Labour Minister.

Concerns surrounding the privatization of OH&S inspections have been raised by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) which represents the provincial inspectors currently housed in the MOL.

An ongoing review of Ontario’s OH&S system – lead by Tony Dean, a former Deputy Labour Minister, and supported by a multi-stakeholder panel – is what captured the attention of the union.