An Ontario Business convicted in a deadly explosion of a propane plant in Toronto is expected to be sentenced in in Provincial Court today.
The company Sunrise Propane and its directors Shay Ben-Moshe together with Valery Belahov were found guilty in June of 2013 of nine occupational health and safety offences related to the 2008 explosion that killed one man and caused thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes.
A 25 year old employee Parminder Saini died in the explosion and a 55-year old professional firefighter who responded to the emergency on his day off, died of cardiac arrest.
The Provincial court ruled that Sunrise Propane failed to provide its employees safety training and to do everything reasonable practicable to ensure a safe working environment. They were additionally charged with discharging a contaminant, and contravened a number of provincial orders related to the cleanup after the explosion.
The Provincial court also found that Ben-Moshe and Belahov failed to take all reasonable care and to comply with orders in place after the explosion.
The Occupational Health and Safety department shut down all three of Sunrise Propane's facilities.
MI Safety Sponsored Team Real World Racing, just crossed the finish line at 9am Saturday morning completing the 2013 Baja 1000 race in Ensenada, Mexico on the Baja Peninsula. We are proud of these guys and the two years of preparation that they have put into this race to complete the race safely. The team consisted of Levi Ellis, Colin Danilak, and Sean Hudson. For the last two years the team has been spending all their free time prepping and testing their bikes, making sure that everything was ready for the race, and that they were correctly tuned for the 1000 miles of desert riding. You might wonder why a safety company would sponsor an "Extreme Off Road Motorcycle Race Team", our perspective is this, Racing, just like industrial work is inherently hazardous, there are many risks and the potential for disaster is significant. However just like an industrial or construction site has risk, we manage and control the risk, with training, preparation, conditioning, and awareness. Additionally we prepare our equipment with inspections, and maintenance. Essentially we are managing risk and preventing loss, while completing an activity with inherent risk.
Before the first race Levi completed in approximately 2008, I remember he sat down and did a pre job hazard assessment of his race, and considered all the way he could improve his performance to ensure he was being a diligent as possible.
Photos of the Racers
Colin Danilak, Sean Hudson, and Levi Ellis at the finish line, being interviewed.
Preparing for the race, the guys pre ran almost the entire 1000 mile Baja course. Levi and Sean doing mechanical repairs.
Race Trailer in the desert, helping the the pre-run.
Colin in the Desert.
A listing of the competitors in SPT MC class the guys were competing in. Levi Ellis fixing a Baja Bike at night.
This last photo shows the entire 1000 mile course, and the position of the riders with about 8 hours left to go in the race. The time is 3am, and the guys have been racing for about 23 hours. What a race.
MI Safety Inc has sells fall protection equipment and systems. We are able to provide you with the system such as a vertical life line VLL, (DBI Sala/Capital Safety Group Lad-Saf System and Railok, or MSA systems, such as the Dyna-Glide and Sure-line vertical life lines vll), Horizontal life lines HLL such as the Evolution Horizontal Life Line, and the MSA systems such as the Gravity Sure-Rail, Dyna-line, and Dyna-Glide systems. We also sell many different types of anchor points. We can custom build D-rings attachments almost any application, we have build stainless steel systems for toxic environments, and place d rings in concrete, wood, and steel. We have also build a variety of Davit arm solutions.
In addition to the permanent fall protection systems that we sell, we can also provide you will the connecting components and soft goods. We are able to sell the Capital safety products such as self retracting life lines srl, lanyards, anchor straps, and harnesses, some of the popular brands include Exofit Nex, Exofit XP, Delta and protecta harnesses, lanyards include the shockwave 2, EZ-stop, wrapbax 2, and force 2 lanyards, SRL include the Sealed Blok, Ultra-lok, Talon, Nano Lock, and Nano Lock Edge.
MSA softgoods products we sell include, Harnesses such as the Workman, Arcsafe, Thermatec, Technacurve, Gravity and Evotech full body harnesses. The lanyards we sell are, Workman Personal Fall Limiters PFL, Sure-Stop Energy Absorbing Lanyards, Thermatek Energy Absorbing Lanyards, the FP Diamond and Arcsafe Energy Absorbing Lanyards. We also highly recommend the FP5K Tie-back Lanyard, it is a great solution for 100% tie off. We also supply confined space entry kits such as the Lynx Tripod and Hoist, and the Workman Tripod and Hoist. Additionally the rescue utility system is a great solution for rope rescue.
MI Safety Inc. provides consulting services for which fall protection equipment would work best for your situation. Contact us by email at email@example.com, or call us at 780m 987 3465 and we can discuss you specific fall protection situation. Beyond the equipment we can provide you with the training on the equipment that would be best suited for the situation.
How effective is your emergency response plan. Watch this short video clip to see just how surprising a disaster can be.
Your company is required to have an effective emergency response plan in place to effectively deal with a disaster. The occupational health and safety code list requirements for training and documentation to have in place.
Implementing additional procedural controls and physical controls does not always make the job safer. Driving if a task that we are often challenged with in our work. Many Controls have been implemented, however these do not make us safer. For an interesting look at how additional "safety" controls can actually make create additional hazards watch the two videos below. These videos challenge the idea of what we commonly think of safe driving.
Eldorado Climbing Walls has recently completed the Worlds Largest Climbing Wall. The facility is hosts an impressive 60 000 sqft of climbing wall area. It is an great example of a modern day training structure and is split into areas for bouldering and top rope/lead climbing. Also included is an zip line segment and a rappel tower. Click here for more information on the wall.
MI Safety Inc is excited for our friends at Eldorado Climbing Walls, and while we no longer have a Man Made climbing facility, we still have a great outdoor facility for safety training. Our rappel tower is 170' tall, and for less experienced rescue technicians, we also have a 100' and a 30' tower.
Our belief is that while rock climbing uses different practices and equipment then industrial fall protection, the strength and agility needed together with the concepts used to calculate clearance below the worker means that rock climbing is a great way for workers to stay in shape for fall protection at work.
We encourage your company to find an climbing gym in your area, and arrange a corporate event for your workers.
This year the Enform H2S Alive course celebrates its 35th anniversary. Originally the course was created by the CAODC Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. The course was created in 1978, because of a need for training on H2S, for example there were 8 fatalities in that year alone. Currently the ten year average for H2S fatalities in Alberta is 0.3. A remarkable change, it is surprising to see the difference training can make.
The biggest changes to the new course are:
-a new section on H2S Hazard Assessment,
-case study sections can now be tailored to the audience
-updated section on function testing and calibrating electronic monitors
-removal of CPR portion.
-removal of detector tube hands on section for students.
They changes reflect modern day practices in the industry.
If you have recently taken the current H2S Alive course, do not worry, the course will be valid until the expiry date on the certificate.
In September MI Safety Inc will rolling out our new H2S Awareness and Rescue course, in an online format.
What happens when a real person, as apposed to a drop test dummy, falls onto a lanyard with energy absorber? Watch this video to see for yourself. The worker was uninjured, and describes the effects of the fall as "only mildly discomfort". The worker weighs 185lbs and fell 5' before the energy absorber began deceleration. Deceleration distance was 22".
We provide safety and rescue training, services and products. We are located in the Greater Edmonton Area, and have convenient access to Nisku, Acheson, and Leduc. You can find information on all of these on there here! You can also buy any of our products or services, right from our website. Call us at 780 987 3465
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