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Safety in the news: looking out for each other

By Angela Unsworth

I recently attended a presentation called Safety in Schools: Training for Life.

The Safety in Schools program partners with employer organizations from various industries to offer work safety courses in high schools. There were a few teens who came from one of the high schools to talk about how great the program is and how it’s helped them recognize their rights. It was great to see everyone talk about the importance of safety.

The news also seems to reflect this discussion. A few posts highlight different ways that workers can be safe, even including presenting a crisis scenario to ensure people have working safety programs in place.

Here are your September safety-in-the-news stories:

Internet provides avenue for safety

A new online tool called Speak Up For Safer Equipment has been created by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) to help farmers report or discuss any safety concerns with equipment. The online capability provides an easy way for farmers to voice their concerns.

Practicing safety in an emergency

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association has created an imaginary oil-spill crisis scenario for Alberta pipeline companies to give them the chance to respond to and clean up an oil spill. It offered them the opportunity to ensure their crisis plans would work and to collaborate with other companies. This experience highlights the fact that everyone can work together for safety.

“An operations crew participates in a staged emergency management exercise that was created by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and its member companies, at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. The exercise is meant to prepare its workers for any potential oil spills.” Photograph by: Ed Kaiser, Edmonton Journal

“An operations crew participates in a staged emergency management exercise that was created by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and its member companies, at the Edmonton Expo Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. The exercise is meant to prepare its workers for any potential oil spills.”
Photograph by: Ed Kaiser, Edmonton Journal

Investing in Safety

The federal government has invested funds to help enhance and maintain safety at the Peace River Airport. Transport Canada reports the funds will help the Peace River Airport continue to ensure passengers and employees are safe.

Increase in workplace injuries for city workers in Winnipeg

Workplace injuries increased in Winnipeg by more than 30 per cent in 2012 in comparison to 2011. Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Public Works and Fleet Management departments saw the most time lost to workplace injuries.

Education and awareness can do a lot to reduce workplace injuries. Join in the safety conversation to ensure you know your rights in the workplace.

Heads Up: work smart, work safe.

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

One Response to “Safety in the news: looking out for each other”

  1. Thanks author for your useful blog and great shared to Safety Equipment. Really what a helpful post and information.


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