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Your six safety stories…

By Matt King

These weekly news wrap-ups often end with a couple notes about those who passed away of workplace injuries and accidents during that particular week. This week is no different.

We at Heads Up like to make jokes sometimes, write entire blog posts about Twilight or some fun Valentine’s Day cards, but please know that safety, as well as workplace injury, is never a joke. While we kid at times, it’s all in the hope that you will recognize the importance of some of this stuff and remember it. Knowing to trust your gut and ask the right questions are some of the best things you can do to keep safe at work.

Without further ado, here are your six safety stories…

  • Stressing out and struggling… According to a 2011 report, workers are feeling the impact of the workplace on their mental health now more than ever, with a quarter of Canadians working more than 50 hours per week. Patti Lauzon, of the Canadian Mental Health Association, offers some ways to manage your stress in the workplace.
  • Steering in the right direction… WorkSafeBC unveiled a new safe driving website this week. The site is aimed at employers whose workers are required to drive for work.
  • A picture’s worth a thousand words… In the UK, contractors are being encouraged to use more safety training photos. According to research from the Glasgow Caledonian University, migrant workers’ understanding of building site safety improves when pictures are used in training.
  • In memoriam… A man died on Saturday in an Edmonton auto repair shop. The worker, along with the shop’s owner who was seriously injured, was welding a rim to repair a flat tire of a dump truck, when the tire exploded.
  • Remembering… A 47-year-old man was pinned between a tractor trailer unit and a large storage tank and was killed. The Drumheller man was working at a gas lease site near Whitecourt when the incident occurred. Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) are now investigating.
  • May they rest in peace… Two men died as the result of two separate workplace incidents just north of Fort McMurray. A 32-year-old man was found dead last Friday after leaving camp to go north. The second was a 57-year-old man who was crushed while working on a side boom. OH&S is now investigating.

Please remember to work smart and work safe.

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