DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, November 25, 2013

World News - New Training Requirement Is First Of Its Kind In North America

A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Ontario Ministry of Labour Announces Mandatory Safety Training For All Employers

A first of a kind in North America safety training requirement goes into effect on July 1, 2014 for Ontario employers. They must ensure that all workers and supervisors have completed a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program.

Collision Repair magazine reports that this requirement applies to all employers, there is a specific focus on small business and vulnerable workers.  The article states:

"Once the regulation takes effect, the employer is responsible for ensuring that all workers and supervisors have completed a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. The Ministry has provided a training program suite (workbooks, employer guides, poster, and e-learning modules) to meet these requirements; however, it’s not mandatory, particularly as many employers already have extensive health and safety training programs in place."

Read the article here.

U.K. Healthcare Firm Sentenced As A Result Of A Fall

A St Helens healthcare firm has been fined $275,000 for serious safety failings following the death of a worker who fell nearly six meters from scaffolding.

Peter Winchurch, a self-employed joiner, had been hired to help build an extension to a semi-detached house on Bromilow Road in Skelmersdale when the incident happened on 9 November 2009.

TRU Ltd, which was in charge of the construction site, was prosecuted by the U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the scaffolding was dangerous. This was due in particular to a lack of guard rails and inadequate decking. In addition, TRU Ltd’s site employees were not trained in safety, there were no risk assessments and there were no method statements.

During a five-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court, the jury heard that TRU specialises in providing rehabilitation for people with brain injuries, but that it also took on some building projects.
Mr Winchurch, 68 from Skelmersdale, had been working on the roof trusses for the extension to the house when he fell from the scaffolding. He suffered critical head injuries and died in hospital the following day.

TRU Ltd, which now trades as TRU (Transitional Rehabilitation Unit) Ltd, was found guilty of two separate breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company, of Haydock Lane in Haydock, was fined £170,000 and ordered to pay a further £82,145 in prosecution costs on 22 November 2013.

Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths in the construction industry in Great Britain.

Related past posts:
Large Fine In Canada
U.K. Workplace Injuries Drop
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