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Wednesday May 22, 2013
Written by Alyssa Dalton
May 22, 2013 - Honeywell has announced a definitive agreement to acquire RAE Systems, a privately held manufacturer of fixed and portable gas and radiation detections systems, and software for $340 million. The purchase price translates to approximately thirteen times RAE Systems’ estimated 2013 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), or approximately six times on a synergy adjusted run-rate basis integrating with Honeywell’s gas portfolio, it said.
Wednesday May 08, 2013
Written by Anthony Capkun
May 8, 2013 - St. Marys Cement Inc. has been fined $75,000 and a supervisor fined $3000 for violations of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
Monday April 29, 2013
Written by Anthony Capkun
April 29, 2013 - Industrial Scientific, the global player in gas detection as a service, says operations went live earlier this year at its newly leased, 19,500-sf global distribution centre near Pittsburgh, Pa.
Monday April 29, 2013
Written by Anthony Capkun
April 29, 2013 - Manitoba says it now has a new strategic action plan to prevent workplace injury and illness, and to better ensure every worker makes it home safely at the end of the day.
Sunday April 28, 2013
Written by Rob Colman
On Friday, April 19th, Doug Bramley of the BC Safety Authority gave an overview of the considerations that any manufacturing facility should be aware of with respect to regulatory compliance and OH&S at Black & McDonald’s new Vancouver facility.
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Written by PEM Staff
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is reminding employees and employers that April 28 is the National Day of Mourning in Canada. This day is set aside to honour those workers across the country whose lives have been lost, or affected by workplace injuries, disabilities or disease.
Monday April 22, 2013
Written by Rob Colman
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a world leader in serving science, announced an affordable, easy-to-use X-ray detection platform, designed to enable food processors to meet the global demand for more thorough inspection for product contamination.
Thursday April 18, 2013
Written by Anthony Capkun
April 18, 2013 - Currently in development, CSA Z246.2 “Emergency Preparedness & Response for Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry Systems” provides requirements for developing a program enabling petroleum and natural gas industry operators to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Monday April 15, 2013
Written by PEM Staff
CRS Specialties Inc., a Welland, Ont., manufacturer of rebar bending equipment, was fined $55,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a student—working there as a co-operative education placement—was injured. A further fine of $4,000 was imposed on a supervisor for a similar violation of the act during the investigation of the incident. On Mar. 23, 2011, at the company's Welland workplace, the student was taking apart a fan and washing it in a Varsol bath. When finished, the student was told to start a welding task. When beginning the task, the young worker was wearing a polyester-blend sweatshirt over overalls. Polyester materials are susceptible to ignition and should not be worn while welding. The student was not supplied with a welding jacket, welding sleeves, neck shroud or flame-retardant clothing. The supervisor did not intervene to make sure the student removed the sweatshirt and had sufficient apparel to prevent injury. While the student was welding, the sweatshirt ignited and caught fire. The student suffered second degree burns. Later, on Mar. 28, 2011, while the Ministry of Labour was investigating that incident, an inspector saw another worker in the same workplace not wearing apparel sufficient to prevent injury while welding. The worker was wearing a polyester-blend sweatshirt and only one welding sleeve. CRS Specialties Inc. pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a competent person was appointed as supervisor. Supervisor Chad Corriveau pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a worker was wearing apparel sufficient to protect the worker from injury while welding. The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace B. Phillips. 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.
Friday April 05, 2013
Written by PEM Staff
APCO Industries Co. Ltd., a Toronto-based manufacturer and distributor of oils, greases, rust preventatives and lubricants, was fined $100,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was killed. On Jan. 28, 2011, workers were repairing a leak in the roof of a storage warehouse at the company's Toronto workplace. The warehouse roof had six plastic dome covered skylights. A worker walking backwards tripped on the flashing of a skylight and fell through it about 5.5 metres (18 feet) to the concrete floor below. The worker's injuries were fatal. An Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation found that there were no guardrails around the skylights while the workers were on the roof, nor did the skylights themselves constitute a protective covering over the opening in the roof. At no time during the repairs were the workers wearing or using any form of fall protection. APCO pleaded guilty for failing as an employer to ensure that a guardrail or protective covering was used to prevent workers from falling through the skylights. The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace John R. Cottrell. 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.