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February 2015
What to expect from new 
Working at Heights training legislation
24% decrease in fall injuries in first 16 months for
Newfoundland and Labrador

On April 1, 2015, the new Working at Heights Training Program Standard will become mandatory for all Ontario construction projects regulated by the Regulations for Construction Projects. The standard legislates specific requirements for training programs, as well as for training providers. "This initiative has to help," says Shawn Kirwan, Emergency Services Specialist...
Forestry-mining sand truck in winter
WSN mourns death of worker  

45-year-old man dies in gravel pit south of Ear Falls


The Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the death of a Red Lake man in a gravel pit. Police said officers were dispatched to a pit off Highway 105 south of Ear Falls. A labour ministry spokesperson told CBC News the incident...


Forklift in warehouse
Best practices: Vehicle, mobile equipment, and visibility hazards

Ministry of Labour


Incidents involving vehicles and mobile equipment have resulted in worker injuries, deaths and damage to property. There have also been a number of "near misses" in which...


worker training session
New 2015 health and safety regional training schedule now available 

Register today for in-class and online training  


The 2015 Workplace Safety North regional training schedule is now posted online and includes standard health and safety training such as Joint Health and Safety Committee certification...


Muscoloskeletal Disorders - Erase the Hazard

Feb 28 is Repetitive Strain Injury Day - access free resources including video, guidelines, safety talks, posters and more


Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) account for almost half of all lost-time claims in Ontario. These pains and strains take a toll on productivity, worker morale and quality of life.  As a company...

Archival photo forestry safety award presentation
1915-2015: Share your health and safety story

Ontario forestry, pulp and paper celebrate 100 years


The history of the forestry, pulp and paper industry in Ontario is older than the province itself. Only the fur trade reaches farther back into the settlement and growth of what was once called Upper Canada. In many ways, the story of the cutting...


Dwayne Plamondon, Mining Director
Sad farewell to Dwayne Plamondon, Mining Director at Workplace Safety North 
A legacy of mining health and safety in Ontario 

On Monday January 5, 2015, at the age of 53 years, Dwayne Plamondon, Director of Mining at Workplace Safety North, passed away. A graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines, Dwayne's...
Young worker, WSN training
New Joint Health and Safety Committee certification training programs
Training updated for printing and converting, pulp and paper
Workplace Safety North now offers custom workplace-specific hazard training certification for printing and converting, and pulp and paper sectors. The mandatory courses provide participants...


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