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Investigations Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Employees in Ontario have the right to work in conditions that are safe and free from hazard. Failure to abide by the appropriate norms the employer may face prosecution and substantial fines.

For instance, an employee who cleans building windows at great heights is entitled to work on an adequately secured platform with the appropriate protective equipment and tools. In the event the employee falls, the employee may seek compensation from the Workers Safety and Insurance Board. At the same time, the employer may also be charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Employers have to understand that employees have the right to refuse unsafe work without fear of retaliation. In addition to the obvious need to avoid human tragedy, the legal ramifications stemming from the employer’s failure to secure safe working conditions may be severe.