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Safety in the news: The Day of Mourning and a viral video

By Calissa Reid

I was born and raised in Fort McMurray, a bustling oil town that never sleeps. Well, that’s the city’s reputation. For me, it was home. I went to school, played on the playgrounds and spent my nights in dance classes. It was no different than any other city in Alberta.

Although I’ve been gone from Fort McMurray for over four years, I still hear the latest news in the city. Unfortunately, the latest news from my small city is safety related, as a young man was killed while at work a couple of weeks ago. Hearing of a death in my town, where I feel connected to many people, reminds me that accidents can happen at any time, and that I need to work smart and work safe. I hope that this month’s safety news stories remind you to do the same.

27-year-old killed on the job in Fort McMurray. The young electrician was working on electrical panels at Suncor Energy when he was severely injured while working, and was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital in Fort McMurray. Suncor is working with the RCMP and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety in investigating the incident.

Safety goes viral in a flight safety video. Safety can be fun! A flight attendant delivered the in-flight safety presentation with some hilarious one-liners. The flight attendant managed to get the entire plane laughing while still doing her job and promoting safety. That’s a win in our books!

I wish that the in-flight safety presentation was always this entertaining.

New graduates ready to enforce safety. The first 10 AlbertaOccupational Health and Safety officers have recently completed peace officer training that allows the officers to issue tickets to workers and employers who aren’t working safely. The next set of OHS officer grads will complete training in June.

Alberta mourns the loss of workers killed on the job. Numerous ceremonies occurred across the province on April 28, for the International Day of Mourning. The Day of Mourning honours workers who have lost their lives and serves as reminder for organizations to commit to health and safety in their workplaces.

Safety stats paint a picture of workplace safety across Canada. The Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada show the total number of workplace deaths at 977 in 2012. The number is very close to the average of 972 for the years 2000-2012.

Do you have a safety story you’d like to share? Leave a comment or tweet us @HeadsUpAB

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