York Region needs COR for bidding on projects

Did you know that you will need COR certification for bidding on projects in the York Region, going forward?      

COR is rapidly becoming a requirement to bid on projects by large organizations. This includes Metrolinkx, GTAA, TTC, Infrastructure Ontario, York region, City of Brampton, City of Milton, and City of Toronto. READ MORE

In fact, the York Region has elected to implement COR safety program endorsed by the IHSA. Moreover, it has made COR a requirement for bidding on future regional construction projects. Further, the York Region has set the estimated value of contract in excess of $150,000. CLICK HERE for the York Letter.

IHSA COR certification will help prospective contractors demonstrate to the York Region that:

  • Their Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) has been developed, implemented, and evaluated annually
  • They perform comprehensive internal and external audits

We have a Breakfast Seminar on COR at the TCA on Jan 25 and Mar 21, 2018. Moreover, you can discuss this development and much more on COR audit process. CLICK HERE to Register for the Seminar.

MOL is conducting Provincial Blitzes from Oct 02-Nov 30

MOL will conduct a series of Falls Blitzes in Construction, Healthcare, Industrial, and Mining spaces in Ontario. Moreover, MOL’s blitz agenda includes looking for ladder safety, slips and trips, and musculoskeletal disorders. Are you in due diligence? You need to prepare for these blitzes.

Here’s what we have in the Court Corner

A Supervisor and Employer in Ontario fined for negligence

Toronto Plastics Company based in Ontario along with the Supervisor in-charge were fined $53,000 after a temporary worker was permanently injured on a forklift. KNOW MORE about Due Diligence

What Happened?

The incident took place on April 28, 2016 at Regency Plastics Company Ltd in Toronto. A temporary worker working along with a permanent worker on a Forklift suffered a crushing injury in a collision. Therefore, this resulted in a permanent injury to the temporary worker.

What the Court found?

During their employment at Regency Plastics, neither the temporary nor permanent worker had received forklift training. Further, they were not certified or authorized by their supervisors to operate any forklifts in the company premises. Hence, the employer and supervisor pleaded guilty under the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

What does OHSA say here?

  • An employer has the duty to ensure that the measures and procedures prescribed by Ontario Labour regulations are carried out at a workplace.
  • In addition, a supervisor must ensure that a worker works in the manner and with the protective devices, measures and procedures prescribed by the applicable regulations

CLICK HERE to read more about Supervisors Duties under Sec 27 of the OHSA.

Is ‘due diligence’ the other side of ‘negligence’?

In this case, the company showed ‘Negligence‘ in terms of not taking reasonable care in the given circumstances to keep its workers safe. All it needs to do is to flip the coin over to the other side. It needed to ensure that it took reasonable care in the given circumstances to reduce risk to the lowest possible levels to keep the workers safe in the given circumstances. This would have kept the company in Due Diligence.

 

 

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