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Looking at what’s ahead… Your six safety stories!

By Matt King

The new year is fast approaching, and so, we at Heads Up are looking ahead at what’s in store for 2012, and it looks like it’s going to be a good year. Here’s a tip: look for something brand new coming to this very blog in January. It’s going to be awesome.

Anyways, super-rad-January-thing aside, it’s December, meaning those winter holidays are just around the corner. As you spend time with your family and friends, meeting with your Aunt Judith or your cousin Legolas (his real name is Stephen, but he’s super into Lord of the Rings), it is important to remember your safety.

So, I invite you to take a look at this week’s six safety stories. Let these be a reminder to stay safe at work, and at home. Who knows, it might just result in an even better holiday season.

  • Staying safe during the holidays… In light of this season’s festive celebrations, CBC News offered some suggestions on how to stay safe. These are more general safety tips, partly directed at children, but they can certainly be helpful at work. Careful around those poinsettias, folks.
  • Looking to buy some holiday gifts online? Well, maybe take a look at this first: the FBI has released a set of online safety tips for the season. They hope to remind shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and to stay safe. So keep that in mind while you flip through eBay on your fifteen minute break at work.
  • Doing stretches at work… time stretches that is! A study from some University of Minnesota sociology professors suggests that access to some time flexibility can encourage employees to take better care of their health and safety.
  • When bullies get older… According to an assistant professor at the University of Windsor, 40 per cent of Canadians have experienced workplace bullying. This includes “withholding information from a person, excluding staff from meetings, threats and intimidation.”
  • Investigating the incident… A 16-year-old Quebec City male was seriously injured on Sunday when an empty oil drum exploded as he attempted to cut into it. Health and safety authorities are investigating.
  • In memoriam… A construction worker was crushed to death after working on the foundation and drainage system of a private residence in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Health and safety authorities are investigating.

Remember, work smart, work safe.

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