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October 26, 2019

Eaton’s Cooper Lighting finds a home with Signify

Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) is acquiring Cooper Lighting Solutions for US$1.4 billion from Eaton Corp. Subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions, the deal is expected to take place in Q1-2020.

Ontario’s WSIB ends unfunded liability charge

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is removing the unfunded liability charge, also known as the Past Claims Cost, from its rates, effective January 2020. WSIB claims this change will save employers approximately $607 million in costs to business.

RECALL: Edwards 280 Series Mechanical Heat Detector may fail to operate

Health Canada is recalling the Edwards 280 Series Mechanical Heat Detector because the product may fail to activate between 53.9 and 60.6 degrees Celsius as intended, which may lead to the spread of fire.

Hydro One sends workers to Manitoba to help restore power

Hydro One is sending 25 powerline workers from northern Ontario into Manitoba to help restore power following the storm that left the province in a state of emergency.

AD announces partnership with Insite Software

AD, a contractor and industrial products wholesale buying and marketing group, has announced it is adding Insite Software to its portfolio of eCommerce platform providers. » Read full article

Recent electrocutions prompt ESA to issue warning

In just 24 hours, three confirmed electrical-related incidents involving four individuals were reported on worksites across Ontario, resulting in two reported fatalities and two critical injuries. All three incidents involved contact with overhead electrical wires. » Read full article

General contractor conducted illegal electrical work on residential building

On Sept. 9, 2019, A+ Development and its director were convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto Region, for operating an electrical contracting business without a licence and failing to apply for electrical inspection. » Read full article
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Canadian firms launch first German Technology Day

Eplan, Pilz, Rittal and Wago, all companies in the automation and advanced manufacturing space, are launching Canada’s first-ever German Technology Day. » Read full article

RECALL: Garvin USB pop-up floor box poses fire hazard

Health Canada has issued a recall for Garvin’s USB pop-up floor box kit, of which approximately 10 units were sold in Canada between January 2016 and August 2018. » Read full article

Hydro-Quebec celebrates 50th anniversary of Daniel-Johnson Dam

Hydro-Quebec recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Daniel-Johnson Dam, the world’s highest multiple-arch-and-buttress dam. » Read full article