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Safety in the News with your newest Heads Up team member

By Calissa Reid

As a new member of the Heads Up team, I must admit my knowledge of safety was seriously lacking. I’ve been at WCB for just over a month and I’m amazed at the amount I’ve learned in such a short period of time. My father is a house builder and you best believe after my first week of work I constantly reminded him about wearing his PPE!

Being an industy lovin’ Alberta girl I knew that workplace safety was an important issue across the province, but I had no idea how often workplace accidents occurred. After doing some research, I learned even more about workplace safety in Alberta, Canada and across the globe! Check out this weeks’ safety in the news.

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Machinist accident. A 59-year-old Edmonton man was crushed while operating a computer controlled lathe the size of a truck. He was crushed between the lathe turret and a rear door, and remains on life support in an Edmonton hospital.

After a Bangladeshi garment factory collapsed killing more than 1,000 people, the standards of safety in textile factories have been under major scrutiny. Since then, many companies in the fashion industry (like H&M and Calvin Klein) have signed a new safety agreement. The agreement will improve the working conditions for low paid textile workers around the globe. However, many companies did not sign the agreement; in response to this, The president of The Council of Fashion Designers of America Diane von Furstenberg, wrote a letter urging designers to take control of textile factory safety. Definitely a step in the right direction!

Our safety conscious friends in Australia have launched a new campaign focusing on young worker safety. The campaign features TV commercials that follow the lives of two young workers after they suffer serious injuries at work. Check em out! (Warning: they are a little graphic)

Deadly fire in China kills 119 poultry factory workers. Over 300 workers were in Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Factory when a fire broke out in the early morning hours of June 3. The fire is still under investigation and is the third major work safety accident in northeastern China in the past week.

Mr. Gretzky speaks about workplace safety. Not the Gretzky you’re thinking of… but his father. Walter Gretzky spoke to politicians and health and safety stakeholders in Vancouver during NAOSH week. In 1964 Walter had a workplace accident that nearly cost him his life. Since then, he has been a constant advocate for improving working conditions in Canada.

Grande Prairie nurses win appeal for a safer workplace. Nearly three years ago, nurses in a hospital in Grande Prairie were suspended after they refused to treat a patient that was violent and a threat to their safety. In late May, Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Council ruled in favour of the nurses. In response to the ruling, the nurses will be reimbursed for lost wages during the suspension and the hospital has made changes to improve workplace safety.

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