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Safety in the news: highs and lows

By Melissa Babcock

In everyone’s life, a little rain must fall. What goes up must come down. And where there are negative, often sad stories about safety in the workplace, rest assured there will be some positive, uplifting ones right around the corner. So without further ado, here is the latest edition of Safety in the News:

Construction job ends in tragedy. Workplace safety officials in North Carolina are investigating a recent accident in Raleigh in which three workers were killed when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed.

Mining through a hazardous industry. A manager at one of Sudbury’s largest mines says there needs to be more communication about safety practices in the industry if safety standards in the mines are going to consistently improve.

Canada’s Ocean Playground is getting safer. Appearing at the Safety Services Nova Scotia Workplace Health and Safety Conference, which took place in Halifax in March, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Kelly Regan spoke about how Nova Scotia’s lost-time injury claims and fatalities in 2014 were the lowest they’ve been in years.

Cracking down on unsafe workplaces overseas. After recent inspections showed that more than half of Thailand’s factories did not meet health and safety standards, the country’s Ministry of Labour stepped up their efforts to ensure all employers are providing safe workplaces.

And finally… on April 28, Day of Mourning, we remember the workers who have been killed, injured or disabled on the job.  In 2014, 169 Albertans tragically lost their lives due to workplace injury or illness. Check out your local newspapers next week for Rebecca’s story. And honour the memory of those we’ve lost by working safe and smart.

Seen any interesting safety-related news stories lately? Fill us in by leaving a comment, or tweet us @HeadsUpAB.

One Response to “Safety in the news: highs and lows”

  1. Here’s a high point: Today is #RigSafe Day in the theatre tech industry. Look for it on Twitter & FB!

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