Category Archives: Construction safety

Record Fine for GFL Due to Asbestos Exposure

GFL was fined $710,488!!

Asbestos is still the largest killer of workers in Canada and the United States.  The long and thin asbestos fibers are inhaled into the lungs and cause a lethal form of cancer called mesothelioma many years later.

According to WorkSafeBC the firm failed to ensure the worker within the designated work area wore appropriate protective clothing, and that its workers at risk of exposure to asbestos were instructed in the use of PPE and work procedures to be followed. The firm failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety.

When working with asbestos HEPA respirators (a step above the N95 respirators so common now) and disposable coveralls (you don’t want to bring asbestos home) are required.

GFL also recently received a fine for a fatality due to a commercial trailer rolling over a worker.

Why Were Two Workers Killed in a Trench? We Know What to Do.

Recently two construction workers were killed and two are in hospital because of a horrific trench collapse in Ajax.  These are preventable deaths and injuries.

The requirements for trenching are well established in every North American Jurisdiction.

Slope the sides, shore the walls or use a trench box. 

See the video from Global news here.

See the trenching requirements for several jurisdictions below.

Alberta

Ontario

British Columbia

Companies under Canadian jurisdiction

See more on trenching safety from IHSA in Ontario

See a trenching safety video from WorkSafeBC here.

What do you think happened?
What can we do to prevent this horrific incidents?