Individuals targeted under OHS

More jail terms for health and safety violations in Ontario
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/08/2007

In the early hours of Feb. 7, 2006, a carbon monoxide leak in a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) tunnel near the Eglinton subway station poisoned eight maintenance workers. All workers involved survived the incident.

Two of the maintenance workers were later diagnosed with severe psychological, emotional and physical disabilities and haven’t been able to work since the incident. A third worker was on sick leave for several months.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour laid 11 charges against the TTC, Warren Bartram, TTC general superintendent of subway track and structure, and Jose Barros, a TTC foreman, for failing to ensure safety procedures and devices were in place. The case was scheduled to go to court on March 8, but rulings weren’t available at press time.