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Safety in the News: Here comes the sun!

By Melissa Babcock

After a long and miserable winter, the weather in Alberta seems to be taking a turn for the better. The sun has been shining more often than not lately. Some rain has been clearing away the last remnants of snow from our streets. And in a wild show of optimism, people have even been venturing outside in shorts, sleeveless shirts and flip flops!

Of course, now that I’ve put some positivity about the weather out into the universe, I imagine this recent bout of sunshine and warmth will immediately come to an end and it will probably be snowing by the end of the week. Because isn’t that how it always goes? Let’s hope not.

Along with warmer temperatures and a brief reprieve from the snow and sleet Albertans are so used to, spring and summer also bring about workplace safety concerns. Many industries that are dormant throughout the winter (construction, landscaping and road work, to name a few) become very active when the weather warms up, making regular conversations about safety all the more important.

And news stories are a great way to spark conversation! So without further ado, here is the latest batch of Safety in the News:

A young worker takes a fall… an 18-year-old worker from Edmonton was seriously injured when he fell down an open ventilation shaft at a condo construction site.

They’re taking workplace safety violations seriously… Three companies in Saskatchewan have been fined by Occupational Health & Safety for failing to provide fall protection for their workers.

Sometimes, it is all fun and games… Newfoundland’s recent decrease in workplace injuries is being partially attributed to a safety-themed game show aimed at youth.

Making safety a priority… The Government of Alberta has launched a new campaign aimed at raising awareness and improving workplace safety throughout the province.

Just in time for cottage season… The Ontario Government has stepped up their efforts to ensure employers at Ontario’s tourist camps are providing their workers with safe conditions this summer.

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

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