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Around the world in six safety stories…

By Matt King

Do you watch Amazing Race? It’s that reality show where the contestants travel the world, going from checkpoint to checkpoint, being greeted by a vaguely New Zealander host. Sometimes, I like to think that our time together here, in these weekly news blogs, is kind of like our own little online amazing race. Sometimes, we’re staying in Canada, but at other times, we’re travelling about, moving from city to city, country to country, even continent to continent.

Well, this week’s no different. With this week’s safety stories, we’re travelling to places I’ve never been before (maybe you have). But before you board our proverbial plane, we’ll start things off in Alberta.

And now, your six safety stories…

  • Old man winter is on his way… RCMP and OHS officials in Grande Prairie, Alberta are hoping to focus on workplace safety as the winter season ramps up and new workers are brought in for jobs in the oil industry.
  • Lights, camera, oh wait it’s raining again… The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA) and other sponsors are inviting Oregon high school students to enter the 2012 “Save a Friend. Work Safe.” video contest. If you know anyone in Oregon, or live there, you should check this out. There are prizes!
  • There’s gold (and fumes) in them hills… Chinese work safety authorities are urging the nation’s gold producers to protect their employees from dangerous particles that they may be exposed to during work hours.
  • This will not pump you up… A young worker in Austria suffered serious injuries when a chainsaw was thrown into his face after getting stuck in a log of wood. He is now recovering.
  • The rules of safety… State workplace safety inspectors in Hawaii are investigating a zip-line worker’s death. The state has no safety regulations for zip lines and is now investigating further.
  • In memoriam… A heavy equipment operator in northern Alberta is dead after he was run over by his own grader Monday. RCMP and OHS are investigating.

Well, that’s it for this week’s wrap-up. Do you feel like a well-seasoned traveller? Either way, wherever you are, remember, work smart, work safe.

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