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O, these brittle bones… Your six safety stories!

By Matt King

It was my birthday last week. Often, in the past, I have not felt the weight of aging on my birthday, and yet, this year, for some reason, I did. I know, downer, right? It’s not that I’m getting old, but rather, getting older. Do you see the difference?

Anyways, the older I get, the more I realize that safety, while kind of a lame topic of conversation (nobody really wants to say, “Hey, let’s talk about roof protection for the next two hours!”), is really, really important. I know, you might be thinking, “Oh, that’s his job to say that” – which is true, but it’s also true that safety is paramount to any good working experience, and it’s the same for your health and quality of life.

But if you can’t listen to me, with my 23-year-old hips going out and the echoes of arthritis thundering through my thumb, then just take a read at this week’s six safety stories. You’ll learn real good-like.

  • Tea, crumpets and the future… In Gloucestershire, England, more than 100 young people took over the county to bring a youthful perspective to day-to-day town activities, including fire safety and other jobs.
  • Safety in the schoolplace… Malaysia’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health is introducing a program to schools aimed to create safety awareness among staff and children.
  • Making it so you can walk the walk safely… This isn’t necessarily work related, unless you ever cross the street or drive for work, but a new safety program is being initiated inVancouver, with police cracking down on problematic drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to reduce traffic crashes in the city.
  • Viva less workplace violence… Las Vegas security experts are trying to get the message out about violence in the workplace, an unfortunate growing trend in the city. They hope that people will recognize the signs and prevent further tragedy.
  • Remembering… A 24-year-old man was hit and killed in BC this week, when he was struck by the van used to carry him and his co-workers.
  • In memoriam… Last week, a 31-year-old worker was crushed when, as he was removing gravel from a conveyor, his arm became caught and he was pulled into the machine’s rollers.

As always, please remember to work smart, work safe.

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