Posts Tagged As: Fall Protection Accidents

Blog Post #333 – Fall Protection Revamped in New Brunswick

Seven years of research, consultation and legal drafting have produced new ‘Fall Protection’ requirements in New Brunswick that came into force on January 1, 2009.

Changes to the General Regulation, under the province’s OH&S Act, include the following: preference for systems that do not allow a worker to fall, such as guardrails and travel restraints; additional instruction and training obligations; new provisions for roofing and weatherproofing sectors; reference to new and updated Canadian Standards Association guidelines; and extra responsibilities for building owners to ensure anyone carrying out work on their behalf complies with the rules.

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Blog Post #299 – Landmark fines in 2009 Christmas Eve fatalities for Metron

Excerpt from the OH&S Canada Magazine

By: Greg Burchell

The highest criminal fine for corporate negligence causing death in Canadian history was handed down on Friday, but Ontario’s Federation of Labour says it is not enough.

Metron Construction Ltd., the company responsible for the deaths of four workers and the critical injury of another after a swing stage collapsed in Toronto in 2009, was fined $200,000 plus an additional $30,000 victim fine surcharge – double the previous largest fine and the first corporate guilty plea in Ontario since Criminal Code revisions were made in 2004. All 30 Occupational Health and Safety Act charges against Metron were dropped as part of the guilty plea.

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