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Safety in the news: new research and safe employer awards

By Calissa Reid

This past weekend was the Super Bowl. I’m not much of a football fan—hockey is more my thing— but it’s still interesting to watch the pandemonium each year that surrounds the event. What’s even better than the football game? The commercials, of course! Each year the Super Bowl commercials grow more and more lavish as they compete to grab the coveted best commercial spot and I spend a good 45 minutes watching commercials on YouTube. (Funny– I usually try and skip the ads on YouTube!)

The competition was stiff, but this one came out of top for me.  What can I say, I love family moments.

Obviously the Super Bowl was big news over the weekend, but we’ve got some more news to cover.

Here’s the latest edition of Safety in the news!

Let’s talk about it.  A new survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found that 38 per cent of workers wouldn’t disclose mental health problems to their managers.  Reasons for not talking about mental illness include fear of mental illness affecting their careers, bad experiences of others who came forward, and fear of losing friends.  To address the stigma surrounding mental illness, doctors often recommend creating a policy and procedures around mental illness, and building strong relationships between managers and workers.

Gone too soon. An 18-year-old male died after he was injured at his workplace north of Saskatoon. Initial investigation indicates that he was injured by a piece of machinery and was pronounced dead shortly after paramedics arrived. Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety division will be investigating the incident.

Unpaid internships a topic of discussion for government officials and young worker advocates.  The parliamentary secretary to the federal Labour Minister met with young worker advocates about unpaid internships, leading to suggestions that the government is making changes.  One advocate is hopeful that this could lead to workplace safety protections for interns under the Canada Labour Code.

Nominations open for Canada’s Safest Employers Awards. Nominations will be accepted for the fifth annual Canada’s Safest Employers Awards until June 1. The awards have expanded this year, adding a young worker safety award that will recognize employers with exceptional programs for keeping workers under the age of 25 safe at work.

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

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