Canada’s National Day of Mourning

April 28th poster: Fight for the living, Mourn for the dead.

Fight for the Living, Mourn for the Dead On April 28th, Canada’s National Day of Mourning, we mourn for our workplace dead. According to the WSIB, in 2020, there were 245 people who died from a work-related injury or illness in Ontario [1]. Workplace deaths have broad and deep effects on the families of the…

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Ontario OHSA turns 43

Headline, the Toronto Telegram, March 18, 1960. "It was a Hell-Hole."

The Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) turns 43 today. For many workers, this important legislation came into force long before they were born, but some workers will remember the days before this important Act came into force. The Act came into force in 1979, but Ontario had a long history of labour-safety-related workplace…

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Five reasons you should attend our Free Safety Talks

Banner for the Free Safety Talks

Reason #1 – Free Safety Talks You can’t argue with Free Stuff! Last week we partnered with Schmersal Canada and Franklin Empire to put on three days of Free Safety Talks. We had full houses in all three locations, Windsor, London and Cambridge, with nearly 60 people participating. We had two great presenters who helped…

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Q & A: Can Safety PLCs be used for Lockout?

Disconnect Switch with Lock and Tag

The question of lockout and the use of safety PLCs as a means to meet the lockout requirements comes up more and more frequently these days. Can Safety PLCs be used for lockout? Safety professionals don’t always agree on this controversial topic! During the Free Safety Talks that we did with Schmersal Canada and Franklin Empire,…

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Safe Drive Control including Safe Torque Off (STO)

Graph illustrating STO Function

Safe Drive Control including STO Motor drives are everywhere. From DC variable speed drives and indexing drives, through AC Variable Frequency drives, servo drives and stepper motor drives, the capabilities and the flexibility of these electronic systems have given machine designers unprecedented capabilities when compared to basic relay or contactor-based motor starters. We now have…

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