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Safety in the News: Hockey hits and Olympic obstacles.

By Calissa Reid

Here at the Heads Up blog, we follow a schedule just like you do at work, at home or at play. I’ve been slotted to write a “Safety in the News” post for about a month, but kept putting it off and kept putting it off until…I got the inspiration this past weekend at the Edmonton Oilers pre-season game against the Vancouver Canucks, when I saw an injury on the job.  Hockey players get injured all of the time, but this one really stuck with me. It happened so fast. I blinked and all of a sudden, Sam Gagner was seriously hurt. Although injuries are more common in sports, it served as a reminder to me that accidents do happen, they can happen really quickly, and I need to be aware of my surroundings. I hope that these stories remind you to work smart and work safe.


Sam Gagner celebrating his goal earlier in the game.

A 56-year-old man’s life was cut short when he was caught between the forklift he was driving and a locomotive in Montreal. The man was declared dead on the scene, and emergency responders treated another employee for shock. Quebec’s workplace health and safety board is investigating the accident.

New Occupational Health and Safety Legislation approved in Alberta allows for agency officers to issue tickets up to $500 on the spot to workers not following the job site’s safety regulations. In addition to the tickets, the government can issue administrative penalties up to $10,000 to “repeat non-compliers”. The administrative penalties will take effect on Oct. 1 and the on-site tickets will begin in the new year.

Injuries on the job may be more common for professional athletes, but they are just as devastating. Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner had a rough night on the ice last Saturday when he was hit in the face by Zack Kassian’s hockey stick.  Gagner lost a few teeth and had his jaw broken in two places.  The NHL is bringing Kassian in for a hearing on the occurrence, which may result in a suspension.

Six people were killed after a double-decker bus drove through a railway crossing and struck a VIA Rail train during morning rush hour in Ottawa.  The accident is currently under investigation by The Transportation Safety Board of Canada. The victims of the crash included two civil servants, two university students, and the city bus driver.

Japan scraps nuclear reactors to help ensure safety of 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan suffered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami damaged four reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Japan’s prime minister is taking action after he promised that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be safe from radioactive contamination.

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