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Safety in the news, November edition

By Melissa Babcock

These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a news story that doesn’t have something to do with oil prices, the recent federal election, or one of the Kardashians. But I dug deep and was able to find several recent pieces of news all about our favourites topics: young workers, workplace safety and safety-conscious employers. Enjoy!

Demands for justice. After a factory in the Sundar Industrial area collapsed, killing 20 people (many of them children), hundreds of trade union members took to the streets of Lahore, Pakistan to demand a judicial inquiry to ensure such a tragedy does not reoccur.

A noticeable improvement. Northern Health, responsible for providing health care services to the residents of Northern British Columbia, has saved over one million dollars in costs related to workplace injuries over the past five years, since implementing new health and safety programs.

Winning awards for their focus on safety. The Sault Area Hospital (SAH) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was recently honoured with a pair of Canada’s Safest Employers awards, handed out to employers all across Canada who excel in promoting health and safety on the job. The SAH received a Gold award for workplace safety and a Silver award for workplace wellness.

Losses that go beyond fines. A chicken processing plant in Canton, Ohio has been fined more than one million dollars for unsafe work practices by the United States’ Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Safety issues at the plant have resulted in numerous accidents, including one in which a teenaged worker lost his leg.

And finally…The government of Saskatchewan has made a new Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course available online. This course is mandatory for 14-to 15-year-old workers in the Land of the Living Skies and helps them learn about their rights and responsibilities with regard to safety as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Have you seen any safety-related stories in the news lately? Tell us about them in the comments or tweet us @HeadsUpAB!

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