Ontario should mirror B.C.’s safety model (Guest commentary)

Bill 160 takes prevention out of hands of WSIB – and that’s a mistake
By Harry Goslin
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2011

On Dec. 24, 2009, four migrant workers fell 13 stories to their death when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed in Toronto. A fifth worker, who had been using a proper body harness, survived but suffered a broken spine and fractured both legs.

Following seven months of investigation, numerous charges were laid carrying fines up to $500,000 for each corporate charge, $25,000 for each individual named and up to 12 months of prison time for each allegation. The charges included four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

This tragic incident gave rise to the Expert Panel on Ontario Occupational Health and Safety, headed by Tony Dean, Ontario’s former cabinet secretary, which tabled its recommendations in December 2010.