Nova Scotia brings in measures designed to toughen workplace safety | National Union of Public and General Employees

Nova Scotia brings in measures designed to toughen workplace safety

Fines implemented in the hopes of reducing injuries and fatalities in the workplace.

HALIFAX (October 6, 2009) - Beginning in January 2010, the Nova Scotia Labour Department will have the ability to issue monetary penalties when health and safety laws are violated in the workplace.

Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More says the change will better protect workers in the province.

Fines for employers or employees who break occupational health and safety laws are currently levied by the courts.

The province says the new system will be an additional form of deterrence.

There were 29 workplace fatalities in the province in 2008 and 8,000 incidents where employees weren't able to work the next day.

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