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Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… safety in the news?

By: Melissa Babcock

As a kid, whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always the same: a journalist. I’ve loved to write for as long as I can remember and thought there could be nothing more exciting and fun then chasing down leads and writing hard-hitting, important news stories. Back in junior high, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman was one of my favourite shows, and not just because Dean Cain looked fabulous in tights. I wanted to be just like Lois Lane, as played by Teri Hatcher: inquisitive, fearless, determined to find out the truth no matter what and of course, a terrific writer.

Well needless to say, my journalistic dreams never came to fruition, but I do still carry with me an appreciation for the news and the people who report it. Which is why I always like when it’s my turn to recap our latest batch of Safety in the News stories. Enjoy!

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) launches a workplace safety blitz. Until Dec. 14, inspectors from MOL will be visiting industrial workplaces throughout the province in an effort to educate employers on assessing and addressing possible hazards.

One week, two tragic losses. In November, two Calgary workers lost their lives in separate workplace fatalities just a few days apart.

High and dry – literally. Firefighters had to rescue a worker in Toronto after a back injury left him stranded on the roof of the townhouse he was working on.

Injury brings consequences. A contractor from Airdrie is facing fines and possible charges under Alberta’s Occupational Health & Safety legislation, after a 14-year-old worker was injured last summer after falling from a roof.

Tragedy brings change. Two weeks after a devastating mining accident that left 16 workers missing and presumed dead, Turkey’s prime minister announced plans to improve the country’s appalling workplace safety record, which has seen 1,400 workplace fatalities this year alone.

Have any safety-related news stories grabbed your attention recently? Leave us a comment or tweet us @HeadsUpAB!

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