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What you don’t know can hurt you: A new wave of WSIB claims for chronic mental stress

On May 17, 2017, Bill 127 (Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act) received Royal Assent. The Bill modified the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to allow WSIB benefits for workers who suffer from chronic mental stress in the course of their employment. In advance of Bill 127 coming into force on January 1, 2018, the WSIB released

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Proposed changes to ESA and OHSA may mean additional obligations for employers

Picking up on the recent amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act via Bill 132 which addressed workplace harassment and sexual harassment, a new proposed bill may now require employers to provide leave, accommodation, and training with respect to domestic and sexual violence. What constitutes domestic violence and sexual violence? This new bill –

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Occupational health & safety aboard the millennium falcon (and the cosmic definition of “workplace” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act)

As an occupational health & safety lawyer and a Star Wars fan, a recent news report regarding an incident aboard the legendary Millennium Falcon naturally caught my attention. In that regard, British occupational health & safety authorities announced last month that criminal charges had been issued against Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. (“Foodles”, which is a

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Sunrise propane explosion results in $5.3 million in fines

It has been more than 7 years since a series of colossal explosions at Sunrise Propane lit up Toronto’s night sky, killing one worker and forcing the evacuation of thousands of neighbouring residents. Investigators traced the origin of the tragedy to vapours being ignited during a dangerous (and illegal) truck-to-truck transfer of propane; and prosecutors

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Coroner makes recommendations to improve occupational health and safety in construction industry

The Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario has recently made recommendations to the Chief Prevention Officer and the Ministry of Labour relating to improved safety for workers in the construction industry. In the Verdict of the Coroner’s Jury regarding the Inquest into the death of Mark Pagavathsing, dated September 21, 2012 (2012 CanLII 66789),

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Workplace violence and harassment compliance: A tragic reminder

On September 15, 2012, a Toronto gas station attendant was killed after reportedly being dragged and run down by the vehicle of a customer who was attempting to leave the station without paying for fuel. This incident is a tragic example of the type of workplace violence that motivated the Bill 168 amendments to the

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Charges following workplace tragedy result in guilty pleas and record fines

In a tragic and well-publicized occupational safety accident that occurred in Toronto on Christmas Eve 2009, four workers of Metron Construction Corporation (“Metron”) were killed and a fifth was seriously injured when the swing-stage they were standing on collapsed 13 stories above the ground.  Investigation into the incident revealed that none of the workers who

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