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Explosions, landslide, escapes…here are your six safety stories

By Theresa Trant

A friend with a fat lip thanks to a dishwasher. That’s the story my son came home with the other day. It happened at his friend’s workplace; the dishwasher slipped as he was helping unload it from the delivery truck. Ouch!

This work accident didn’t make the news but many do. Take a look:

Explosions, explosions

Three explosion stories hit the news recently. In Spruce Grove two employees working for a subcontractor, narrowly escaped injury when the house they were working in exploded due to a gas leak.

The workers in Fort Saskatchewan were not so fortunate. Three plumbers were working in a home when it exploded, also due to gas. This incident resulted in one death and serious injuries to the other two.

Finally a man was killed last Thursday in a workplace explosion near Grande Prairie. Our condolences go out to the families of these workers.

Deadly landslide

In Quebec a landslide in a quarry caused the death of two workers. A third worker managed to climb out of the excavator he was in and escaped injury. Our condolences also go out to those impacted by this tragic accident.

Increased safety regulations for tattoo parlours

Employees of tattoo parlours can be at risk of blood-borne diseases and infections. Toronto councilors are currently considering a proposal set forth by the Board of Health for increased safety regulations, similar to those for restaurants. Good for them.

Another way to get out

It’s always good to have an extra escape route planned in case of an accident. One equipment manufacturer in northern Ontario has done just that by modifying ice road plows with a safety hatch on the roof. This gives workers another way to escape the plow should they become trapped in snow or fall through the ice. Good thinking!

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