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Have a happy (safe) holiday… Your six safety stories!

By Matt King

I know I always talk about movies, but did you ever see that Jonathan Taylor Thomas (yes, the popular ‘90s teen “heartthrob”) movie, I’ll Be Home for Christmas? It was about a young man whose parents offer him a fancy car in exchange for him getting home for the holidays. Naturally, he accepts, but soon hijinks ensue, with new obstacles that are alternately dangerous and/or silly.

Well, as the holidays approach and you get ready to go home, or perhaps just stay in, it is important to keep safety in mind. As you make your preparations, think on those small (and big) things that could make your holiday safer and, ultimately, better.

Maybe you’ll find those things in this week’s six safety stories. Read on to find out!

  • A safe time is a fun time… As the holidays draw near, so do the festivities and parties. The Montreal Gazette gives some ideas on how to ensure your workplace party remains a safe one.
  • Safety makes for a good business model… The Orlando Sentinel interviews Isabel Perry, a safety educator who notes how safety ultimately just makes sense for businesses, even economically.
  • Artificial intelligence and safety… OHS Canada looks into the possibility of driverless cars and how they would affect safety. Spoiler: it’s complicated.
  • When bullying moves from the playground to the office… The Financial Post offers an opinion on workplace bullying, which, according to recent surveys, is running rampant through many organizations. The Post talks about the problems with bullying in management and how that abuse hurts the workplace.
  • Incident report… About forty Saskatchewan miners were trapped when a hoist broke at the Cigar Lake Uranium Mine in the province’s Athabasca Basin. The workers were trapped for several hours.
  • In memoriam… A 25-year-old who worked for an Australian refrigeration company died when a gas blast blew apart his van as he was leaving for work.

Remember, work smart, work safe.

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