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Let’s get cultural… Your six safety stories!

By Matt King

I’ve never really experienced culture shock. This may be due to the fact that I’ve never really travelled to any exotic locales or places that are drastically different than Alberta. The closest I came was probably when I went to Texas a few years ago. It was a December and when I went down to the warm regions of Austin, I was extremely weirded out and put off by the fact that there was no snow and it wasn’t 30 below. Of course, that isn’t really culture shock, so much as weather shock.

A few articles this week talk about the importance of workplace culture, as well as being new to a workplace. Sometimes, starting a new job can feel a little like culture shock, I’d imagine. It’s important that you ask questions and keep safe, otherwise that shock and the accompanying jetlag never seem to go away.

Without further ado, your six safety stories…

  • There’s something in the atmosphere… A University of Georgia study suggested that workplace culture can be a critical factor in reducing or increasing risk of injury. According to the study, actions taken at the organizational level can either encourage or help to prevent injuries.
  • How to stop worrying and love safety culture… If workplace culture is so important when it comes to safety, then it might be good to take a look at these tips on how to build a strong safety culture.  These tips include everything from policy making to simply keeping good communication.
  • Preventing the worst from happening… Workplace violence was addressed as a serious problem in the United States, particularly when the economy is weak. Fox Business put together some tips on how to recognize and prevent workplace violence.
  • Danger for the inexperienced… A safety group in the UK met with the aim of putting a focus on young workers and workplace novices. The hope is to encourage employers and workers alike to create safe environments and take a proactive approach to safety.
  • A rescue in Montreal… A construction worker was rescued from a crane at a Montreal condominium project. The 44-year-old man lost his balance trying to get into his operating box and fell, landing about five metres down the crane. He is in hospital now.
  • In memoriam… A 28-year-old man died after being pinned underneath some machinery he was working on at a Grande Prairie industrial park. Occupational Health and Safety is investigating.

Remember, work smart, work safe.

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