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Safety in the news: Riding the heat wave!

By Angela Unsworth

The weather in Alberta has been fantastic for the month of July; let’s hope it holds out for August!

Thinking of how great summer is makes me want to plan a vacation so I can get out and enjoy the sun. But, like students all over the world, I’m working through the summer and spending time daydreaming of future vacations! If you’re like me and are daydreaming of your future travels in the sun while at work, don’t forget that you still need to stay safe on the job! The first step for safety at work is awareness. Here are some headlines for safety in the news to help you stay informed: 

Did you know? Since summer is when most young workers are out in the workforce, more young workers in Nova Scotia get injured in the summer. A lot of the places that young workers are employed at in Nova Scotia are similar to jobs young workers have in Alberta. These statistics highlight the importance of knowing workplace safety and who to talk to if you have any questions or need help.

Tragic death of a 15-year-old killed in workplace accident. A 15-year-old worker was killed in a workplace accident near Drumheller, Alberta in July. OHS was dispatched to investigate the site, to explore the company’s hazard assessments, equipment and training to ensure they meet safety standards.

Shed a light for safety. In Winnipeg, a 24-year-old worker suffered injuries when he fell 11 feet into an orchestra pit while performing stagehand duties. Court heard there were no guards or rails set up and lighting was dim in the area. The employer plead guilty to a safety violation and was fined $5,000.

Safety in the workplace is improving. Statistics show that there is an improvement in workplace safety in Alberta. Even so, it’s still important to be safe in the workplace; we can always do better!

Do you have a story to share about safety in the workplace? Leave a comment or tweet us @HeadsUpAB.

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