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Secrecy and safety… Your six safety stories!

By Matt King

I wonder sometimes what the safety rules are for secret agents. When you watch spy movies, they always do death-defying stunts, things you just know can’t happen in the real world without serious consequences. So I wonder, what sort of safety training would a super spy get, if any? Did James Bond go through PPE training? Did Mission: Impossible’s Ethan Hunt learn how to use proper fall protection? Probably not.

But what about the real world? If you are reading this, I’m going to assume you are not a super spy (and if you are, cool… what sort of safety training did you get?), and therefore do not have the license to… be unsafe. Safety training and keeping safety on the mind, on the job, is important – that’s true whether you’re a super spy fighting an evil villain, or a construction worker trying to get that 2×4 in place.

Without further ado, your six safety stories…

  • All the small things… While this isn’t the nanotechnology seen in the 2003 Frankie Muniz-starring Agent Cody Banks, there is still the question of keeping safe around nanotechnology. This week, The Guardian addressed the question of how to ensure the safety of workers who make products that use nanotechnology. What’s nanotechnology, you ask? Here’s what Wikipedia says.
  • Safety in the land down under… Queensland’s mining industries were reported to rank among the safest in the world. The Australian Employment, Skills and Mining Minister remarked on the success of their safety laws, while still offering his condolences to those affected by workplace injury or fatality.
  • People, life isn’t The Fast and the FuriousDo you drive for work? Do you work on the road? A recent study showed that Edmonton drivers were surpassed only by Calgary when it comes to driving at high speeds. Maybe take this as a reminder to take things slower.
  • Protecting what’s under the helmet… It was recently reported by experts that younger, developing brains are more vulnerable to injuries. Younger people take longer to recover from brain injuries including concussions, amongst other things.
  • Danger in the sky and the ground… A 28-year-old man is in critical condition in an Edmonton hospital after being struck by a plane propeller at a Yellowknife airport. The man was working as ground crew at the airport and was struck after approaching the plane.
  • In memoriam… A 27-year-old fisherman is dead after being struck by a steel door aboard a Newfoundland fishing vessel. RCMP and OHS are investigating the incident.

As always, remember to work smart, work safe.

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