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Cheryl A. Edwards

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Cheryl A. Edwards is Lead in the firm’s OHS & Workers’ Compensation practice group. She has brought a highly focused, strategic and practical approach to workplace safety management, problems and litigation for provincial, national and international clients for over 25 years. A former Ontario Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Prosecutor, Cheryl has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best OHS and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) lawyers in Canada.

US Safety Manager Handed 6 Year + Jail Sentence

Several news agencies, including the World Nuclear News, reported last week that a 78 month jail sentence has been received by Walter Cardin, a former Safety Manager, for deliberately falsifying workplace injury records.  Cardin was previously employed by a subsidiary of Shaw Group, Stone and Webster Construction.  Stone and Webster had been contracted by the Tennessee…

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Ontario’s Dean Panel Recommendations for Worker and Supervisor Training Move Forward

One key recommendation of the Dean Panel, which diligent readers will recall from the 80 page report and 46 recommendations released December 2010, was proposed mandatory OHS training for a number of workplace parties.  Dean’s recommendations to reform Ontario’s OHS system raised the concern that health and safety representatives, workers and supervisors are not adequately…

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Historic Guilty Pleas to OHS and Criminal Charges Relating to Christmas Eve Fatalities

The tragic death of four workers falling on a construction site on Christmas Eve 2009 in Toronto, Ontario garnered nationwide media attention and quickly became known as one of the highest profile workplace accidents in Ontario, if not Canadian history. The accident spurred a historic, comprehensive review of Ontario’s occupational health and safety system and led to…

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Save The Date! Heenan Blaikie Managing the Workplace Breakfast Seminars 2012

Heenan Blaikie’s Ontario Labour & Employment group is pleased to announce its 2012 Managing the Workplace Seminars. This year, we will be hosting 12 breakfast seminars on a broad range of labour and employment issues. All seminars are complimentary for clients and friends of the firm and are available in person in the Toronto office,…

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