The tragic results of serious health and safety violations

Recent cases show there is still a significant amount of violations that lead to employee deaths or critical injuries
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/03/2009

Health and safety is an important consideration for employers and failure to take proper precautions can result in financial loss for employers in addition to the potential tragic loss of life of employees. Recent convictions of Ontario employers have shown the kinds of fines employers can face if a health and safety violation results in death or serious injury to an employee. Here is a brief rundown on a handful of recent Ontario cases where employers were convicted and fined for health and safety violations that killed or seriously injuried an employee.