Employers across Ontario are likely breathing sigh of relief. The Court of Appeal just released its decision in Blue Mountain v. Ontario Ministry of Labour. The Ontario Labour Relations Board and a lower Court held previously that the Occupational Health and Safety Act required employers to report any “critical injury” or fatality to any “person” at a workplace; including whenever a non-worker died or was critically injured at or near a place where a worker is working, has passed through, or may at some other time work, regardless of the cause of the incident. The Court of Appeal held that this literal interpretation was unreasonable.
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