OHS Insider Month in Review – October 2018 Nova Scotia
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Top 5 Reported OHS Fines in Nova Scotia (Past 12 Months c.)
|Rank||Total Fine||Defendant||Trigger Incident||Violation(s)|
|1||$89,500||JD Irving Limited operating as the Truro Sawmill||Worker killed after being hit by loader while crossing pedestrian bridge||Failure to ensure lift truck is designed, constructed, maintained, inspected, and operated in accordance with
CSA B335, “Safety standards for lift trucks”
|2||$55,250||Aecon Construction Group Inc., operating as Aecon Atlantic Group||Falling swing stage outrigger seriously injures worker of third party contractor||Failure, as constructor, to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to ensure
health and safety of persons at or near a project
|3||$40,750||Chris Andrew Hubbard||Worker descending scaffold falls 30 feet to his death||Failure, as employer, to ensure equipment and components are erected, installed, assembled, used, handled, stored, adjusted, maintained, repaired, inspected, serviced, tested, cleaned and dismantled in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications|
|4||$36,500||Paul’s Diving Services Incorporated||Worker killed during dive conducted during hazardous water flow conditions with no written dive plan in place||Failure to prepare a written dive plan for a dive|
|5||$20,750||Josh Lynch’s Contracting & Landscaping Limited||Workers on scaffolding without fall protection equipment seriously injured when scaffolding collapses||* Failure to provide required fall protection; and
* Failure to ensure scaffold is erected, installed, assembled, used, handled, stored, adjusted, maintained, repaired, inspected or dismantled in accordance with CSA Z797, “Code of Practice for Access Scaffold”
|5||$20,750||McKinnon Brothers Flooring & Furnishings Limited||Worker suffers serious hand injury after contacting moving parts of a table saw||Failure to ensure adequate safeguard is installed on machine or tool to prevent contact|
|5||$20,750||ALC Contracting Limited||Worker about to descend scaffold falls 30 feet to his death||Failure to ensure portable ladder
Is adequately secured against movement as soon as reasonably practicable
Personal Flotation Devices
Sept. 21: The Assembly tabled Private Member Bill 54 which would revise OHS to PPE regulations to clarify that persons aboard commercial fishing vessels are deemed to be at risk of drowning and thus obligated to wear a PFD while on deck.
Sept. 11: Newly tabled Bill 14 would require colleges and universities to implement programs to prevent, investigate, report and respond to sexual violence against students and others on campus.
Oct. 26: New workers’ comp rules establishing the presumption that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is work-related when suffered by frontline and emergency response workers officially take effect.
Sept. 21: The government announced its timetable for achieving accessibility in education and building design:
- 2018: Begin establishing committees to develop accessibility standards for education and the built environment
- 2022: Begin roll out of standards
- 2030: Standards take full effect.
Sept. 4: In 2019, for the 15th year in a row, the average assessment rate will be $2.65 per $100 of payroll. Key figures:
- Employers with same or decreased rate: 56%
- Employers with increased rate: 44%
- Employers paying a surcharge for claims costs significantly higher than their industry peers: 96 (0.47% of all employers).