Paul E. Marquis CSO CHSC
I agree with Alec Crocker that all workers should be, and are, protected from harm by provincial and in some case Federal regulating bodies having jurisdiction. Regulatory process and laws protect our workers. What may be, and often is, lacking is the educational component that all employers need to comply with regulation. Anyone owning a business needs to be informed and provide their respective workers with training and education on proper procedure and process. Whenever we perform a task, we need not only know how to perform the task, be familiar with the equipment used, we must also be able to assess the risk. Looking for Risk Assessment (RA) tools is a MUST for all work and especially in "Class A" work environments, of which construction is. The back-hoe operator is required to be knowledgable with underground workings and the dangers of working in proximity to underground piping. In this case natural gas lines. Owners and management at all levels need to be informed and held accountable for the safety and health of all workers.
Posted August 14, 2012 02:26 PM
No worker should even be given the option to purchase workplace accident insurance, whether it be to protect themselves from recovery costs when a victim or insuring their butts in the event they caused the accident. It would create an aura of expectation that one will be involved in an accident, rather than focusing on the prevention of accidents.
Workers should have an expectation of safety when working, and any person (worker or management) found guilty of negligence causing harm to any other person or property should not be protected from proper justice.
Posted August 13, 2012 08:30 AM