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Working at Heights ~ Training vs Charges

Installing grain bins leads to a company pleading guilty in a provincial court after one of its workers fell and suffered critical injuries on a job site. The company, is in the business of manufacturing and installing grain bin systems and accessories.

On October 9, 2015 the company was engaged in an alteration project to an industrial farming operation located in Newbury, Ontario. This involved the addition of new grain storage and handling equipment as well as the renovation of existing equipment. A worker employed by the company was working atop an existing 30-foot-high grain bin. The worker was wearing a fall protection harness attached by lanyard to a newly-installed cushion box (a metal box used like a funnel to slow the movement of grain) at the peak of the grain bin. The cushion box weighed between 100 and 200 pounds and had not yet been welded in place.

The worker was connecting a metal pipe running from a nearby structure to the cushion box. As the pipe was being put into position to be attached to the cushion box, it made contact with the cushion box and dislodged it. The box slid down the roof of the grain bin and fell over the side, dragging the worker along with it. The worker fell about 30 feet to the ground and sustained several injuries, including a fracture.

The Ministry of Labour says; when a worker is exposed to a fall hazard as described in Ontario Regulation 213/91 (the Construction Projects Regulation), the regulation requires that a fall arrest system be attached to an independent fixed support capable of withstanding 6 kilonewtons of static force. The fixed support used for the worker’s fall protection did not meet that requirement. As an approved provider for working at heights training, the company is familiar with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and in its role as a training provider, responsible for ensuring that others know how to comply with these requirements.

The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a worker had a suitable anchor to tie to, and was fined $50,000. In Addition to the fine, the court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

The Working at Heights training is mandatory for all workers come April 1, 2017.  Contact our office to schedule your class at 905-661- SAFE(7233)



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Workplace Injuries and Fatalities

 
Construction Industry Safety Specialists
Construction Industry Safety Specialists
All workers have the right to return home each day safe and sound. Preventing work-related illness and injury is the most important job at any workplace. Employers, Supervisors, and workers have the duty and responsibility to work safely and identify hazards that could cause critical and fatal injuries. As of May 1, 2015,  Ministry of Labour inspectors will check that employers are complying with Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. This will include checking that new and young workers:
  • Are properly informed, instructed and supervised on the job
  • Meet the minimum age requirement
  • Follow required safety measures and procedures to prevent injuries
Inspectors will focus on industrial sector workplaces like tourism, hospitality and recreation where many new and young workers are employed. Protecting young people on the job is part of the Ontario government’s continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries. Did you Know !!
  • Between 2009 and 2013, 30 young workers aged 15 to 24 died in work-related incidents and more than 30,000 received injuries resulting in lost time at work.
  • Many young workers who received lost-time injuries were employed as labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities as well as food counter attendants and kitchen helpers.

“We need to work together to avoid these incidents from occurring.

Protecting our workers is the responsibility of each employer & supervisor”.

Are you an Employer in Ontario?

Are concerned about the safety of your workers?

Need training for your workplace?

then call us today, Let Paramount Safety Consulting take the stress out of your compliance issues……

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“TOO MANY FATALITIES AND CRITICAL INJURIES”

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour’s Chief Prevention Officer, George Gritziotis is saying “the number of falls from heights in recent weeks is “absolutely unacceptable” and he is calling on the industry to “substantially” increase health and safety efforts.

We have had too many fatalities and critical injuries,” George Gritziotis said in a statement on the Ministry of Labour’s website. “These incidents are needless, intolerable tragedies that must stop. We are continually seeing people lose their lives as a result of falls, specifically in the construction sector. What’s most tragic is that these people are simply trying to earn a living. Instead they are risking their lives.”

In Ontario alone, there have been three fatalities, and injury from heights which occurred in March and April of this year.
  • Two masons were killed after falling about five storeys from a mast climbing work platform at a condominium under construction in Toronto on March 27, 2015.
  • Then, on April 23,2015 a man died after falling roughly five metres at a construction site in the Financial District of Toronto.
  • A worker at a Pickering site fell through a roof at an industrial building on April 30 and was injured.

“It’s the law that individuals who work at heights wear appropriate fall arrest equipment and take working at heights training,” Gritziotis said.”For employers that don’t comply, the ministry will apply the full force of the law. We have to break the cycle of fatalities in our construction sectors.”

Mr Gritziotis explains that as of April 1,2015, employers must ensure that certain workers complete working at heights training (that has been approved by the chief prevention officer). Paramount Safety Consulting Inc is an approved training provider, through the WHSC.
CSA Approved Fall Protection Harness
CSA Approved Fall Protection Harness
The requirements are for workers on construction projects who use travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts as fall protection methods.
“Our health and safety inspectors have been concentrating on fall hazards during their inspections, with a special focus on sloped roofing work in the residential construction sector. Inspectors will also be checking for proof of training for those who are working at heights,” “I am calling on all supervisors, employers, unions, and regulators to substantially increase their efforts for health and safety at construction workplace in Ontario. We all have a responsibility to do everything within our power to ensure that workers return home safe at the end of every work day.” Gritziotis said. Ben Scipione, Director of Health and Safety with Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. says “Workers in Ontario need to know the requirements of the new working at heights training”, “Its the employers responsibility to train any worker that is exposed to the hazards of falls”, “We need to act now, the safety of our workers is at risk” Scipione said
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Approved Working at Heights Training Provider
Are you an employer in Ontario?  Do you have workers exposed to hazards of falling? Then you need to know the requirements of the Working at Heights standard. Our qualified  professionals can assist your organization with meeting compliance. Call us today to enquire about the new funding for training provided by the Ontario government Call us today at 289-527-3197  

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Working at Heights

Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Requirements
Occupational Health and Safety Requirements
The Ministry of Labour has introduced mandatory training requirements for Fall Protection training which came into force April 1, 2015. As you know the terms Fall protection includes travel restraint systems, fall restricting systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets and work belts or safety belts, have now been changed to Working At Heights Training.   Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. Working at Heights training is now approved to deliver the mandatory training.
CSA Approved Fall Protection Harness
CSA Approved Fall Protection Harness
  After successfully completing the training program, participants receive a registered record of training certificate (wallet card) which is valid for three years. Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. will provide the employers with a record of training as well as maintain the record for the duration of the training, and can provide replacement cards and complete training records at a moment’s notice. Call us today 289- 527-3197 to schedule your organization’s mandatory training requirements.

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First Aid CPR

Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. is proud to be an approved training provider with the Canadian Red Cross
Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. is proud to be an approved training provider with the Canadian Red Cross
First Aid & CPR training is mandatory for employees in the workplace; but unlike most other types of safety training, these skills and knowledge are also applicable to an individual’s daily life. This is why we teach people First Aid & CPR in easy-to-follow steps, empowering them to act on, prevent, and manage life’s emergencies. The professionals at Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. offer a wide variety of First Aid and CPR training courses to help workplaces be compliant with both federal and provincial/territorial occupational health and safety legislation – with the scheduling flexibility needed by decision-makers and the user-friendliness needed by course participants. Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. provides all levels of First Aid CPR in a classroom based training environment which covers the theoretical and practical portion along with a written evaluation to prove due diligence. This course sets out to ensure compliance with the Regulation 1101. The employer shall maintain up-to-date written records showing who provided and who received training under this section and the date when it was provided. Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. will keep electronic records of each participant that are available at a moment’s notice. Keep in mind that recertification training can only be performed once during the participants possession of a Canadian Red Cross approved training certificate. Re-certifications can only be administered if the participant has possessed a valid  First Aid/ Cpr Certificate with the Canadian Red Cross. Call our professionals at Paramount Safety Consulting today to receive a free consultation.      

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Forklift Operator Certification Training

Forklift Operator Certification
Forklift Operator Certification
Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. is one of the leading Health and Safety Consulting firms with the most up-to-date certification training for Forklifts Class 1 to 6. We will come to your facility to train the operators in a classroom based setting, covering all topics in the safe operation of a Forklift. We don’t just do the theory, we will ensure that the employee’s train  in their own work atmosphere, to ensure that all potential hazards are identified. Propane fired Forklifts now require the operator to have the new CH-02 Construction Heater Operator certification. Our professional trainers are Registered Professional Trainers (RPT) accredited with the Canadian Registered Professional Trainers Association. We are also an approved training provider under the Technical Standards Safety Authority (TSSA) CH-02 propane.    
lifting boxes with forklift
Did you know this falls under the Class 1 to 6 for Forklifts
  Give us a call today, you will be amazed at the result we can achieve.    Call 289-527-3197 or email us at training@paramountsafetyconsulting.com      

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New Working at Heights Training Requirements for Construction Projects

CSA Approved Fall Protection Harness
CSA Approved Fall Protection Harness
New Working at Heights Training Requirements for Construction Projects Falls from heights are a major hazard for workers  causing injuries and fatalities in Ontario workplaces. As of April 1, 2015, Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, will require that employers ensure that workers successfully complete a working at heights training program approved by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) as having met the Working at Heights Training Program Standard. The new training standards  will need to be completed by workers on construction projects who are to use any of the following methods of fall protection: a travel restraint system, a fall restricting system, a fall arrest system, a safety net, a work belt, or a safety belt. The minimum required duration of this training is 6.5 hours and will also include a  practical training portion, providing a hands on experience fo rthe workers. The amendments require that the training must be delivered by a working at heights training provider who has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer.The training, once completed, is valid for three years. Workers must successfully complete a half-day refresher course to revalidate. The Chief Prevention Officer will issue a standardized proof of completion wallet card. For more information on this New Working at Heights training standard, please contact us at 289-527-3197 or email us at training@paramountsafetyconsulting.com    

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Ministry of Labour Fines Company Not Using Safety Equipment

OHSA
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Innisfil Company Fined $30,000; Worker Not Using Safety Equipment

BARRIE, ON – Jebco Industries Inc., a company that operates a coatings, linings and moulding facility in Innisfil, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $30,000 after a worker was observed working on top of a flatbed trailer without using a safety harness or other fall protection equipment as required by law. No one was injured.

On February 13, 2013, a Ministry of Labour inspector attended Jebco’s industrial workplace located at 3270 Clifford Court to follow up a previous inspection. Upon arrival, the inspector saw that in the yard outside, the load of a flatbed trailer was being covered with a tarpaulin and secured. There was a forklift on the passenger side of the truck; the forks of the forklift were raised in the air and loaded with a platform, upon which stood a worker. The worker on the platform was adjusting the tarp or straps at the top of the load on the flatbed trailer. The worker left the platform and climbed on top of the load, about 13 feet from the ground. The inspector saw the worker perch on the edge of the load on the flatbed truck while trying to tarp it. The worker was not using fall protection such as a safety harness. The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Ontario Regulation 851 require that any worker exposed to the hazard of falling more than three metres must wear a safety belt or harness and lifeline (a fall arrest system). In addition, the inspector also saw two workers standing under the load of the forklift.  This contravenes a section of the regulation that states that a lifting device must be operated so no part of the load passes over any worker. Jebco Industries Inc. pleaded guilty to failing, as an employer, to ensure that measures and procedures prescribed by law are carried out in the workplace. The company was fined $30,000 by Justice of the Peace Dennis D. White in Provincial Offences Court in Barrie on January 27, 2015. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime. Unsafe working at heights is one of the leading causes of fatalities and hazards at Ontario workplaces.    

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Electrocution of Worker Leads to Fines of $100,000.00

Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario Workplaces
Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario Workplaces
  Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has fined a company in London, Ontario $100,000.00,  in connection with the death of a young worker as a result of a workplace accident on Aug 1, 2013. A worker was killed when one of the poles for a tent being set up struck an electrical service line and sent electrical current travelling down the pole to the ground, which was saturated with rain. Six workers were setting up the tent for a wedding near Watford on Aug. 1, 2013, when the incident occurred. All were seasonal workers under the age of 25. The worker was electrocuted while the other five workers suffered injuries including burns and dislocations. The Ministry of Labour found none of the workers had safety training and none had training regarding recognizing and dealing with hazards like overhead power lines. In addition, the Ministry of Labour found that there was no hazard assessment completed at the work area ahead of the event or asked for information about the location of utilities. The company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health and safety of workers was protected and to failing to provide adequate information and instruction to workers about the hazards of overhead wires as required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In London on Tuesday February 3, 2015, Justice of the Peace, Kristine M. Diaz fined the company $100,000.00 in addition a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge. The company has two years to pay the fine.  
Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Requirements
Occupational Health and Safety Requirements

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Mandatory Fall Protection Training

 
Fall Protection Warning
Working at Heights
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has announced a new training standard for workers aimed at preventing injuries and fatalities associated with those who work at heights. The Working at Heights Training Program Standard, which comes into effect on April 1,2015 , will be mandatory for all worksites that fall under the Regulations for Construction Projects. Part of the government’s four-part economic plan, the new standard is designed to ensure that construction employees are sufficiently familiar with hazard identification, ladder safety, the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the rights and responsibilities regarding working at heights. “Falls are the number one cause of critical injuries and fatalities of workers at construction projects in Ontario,” Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said in a Dec. 9 press release. “We need to fix that, and the new mandatory working-at-heights standards are one step we’re taking to ensure workers are safe on the job.” Ministry spokesperson William Lin indicates that the standard would actually be a two-part requirement: one part to ensure that workers are trained properly, the other for “providers,” setting out requirements for companies who train employees. “The Training Program Standard is a standard that sets up the minimum criteria that must be achieved by working-at-heights training programs, to attain Chief Prevention Officer Approval,” said Lin. “The goal in standardizing and approving training is to have programs available for workers to achieve a common baseline of basic knowledge and skills for working safely at heights.” Lin added that there would be two modules to the standard. One will consist of theory, based on knowledge and awareness, and the other will be a practical module consisting of hands-on demonstrations of procedures and PPE, including instruction on how to use and take care of fall protection gear. This standard applies immediately to all Ontario construction workers who have not already been trained under the Regulations for Construction Projects. Those who already have this training have until April 1, 2017 to qualify for the new requirements. Although the new standard will be mandatory only for the construction industry, the MOL is considering expanding it to other sectors too. “Right now, we’re focusing on construction because, as you know, the construction sector has a large and disproportionately high number of fatalities involving falls,” said Lin. Ben Scipione of Paramount Safety Consulting Inc. has already prepared its training platform to include the new training requirements, and as such have been delivering the new program materials since opening in July of 2014. “I believe the safety of every worker in Ontario is a requirement and not an option” said Ben. “We need to ensure that all workers must be given the training they require in order to ensure a safe and healthy working environment” ” I believe that instructors need to take responsibility in ensuring that the programs they deliver meet or exceed the standards set out” said Ben Scipione of Paramount Safety Consulting.  

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