The release reminds us that, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, corporations can be fined up to $500,000 and individuals can be fined up to $25,000)or imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both. The release also informs us that:
- "The Ministry of Labour compliance program that ran from April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2008 reduced the workplace injury rate by 20 per cent, or more than 50,000 incidents.
- Since 1998, there were 69 workers killed, 263 critically injured and 844 received more minor injuries as a result of electrical hazards.
- About 50 per cent of these incidents involved workers who were working on electrical equipment while it was energized.
- Because of the drop in the annual rate of lost-time injuries, employers have avoided about $5 billion in direct and indirect costs during the four years ending March 31, 2008. Reduced injuries also result in less strain on the health care system, and fewer workers off the job means increased productivity for Ontario’s economy.
- Ontario employs 430 full-time occupational health and safety inspectors."