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Editor's Note 
 
Last week I had the privilege of reviewing nominations for OHS Honours. There are so many nominees doing great things in OHS – the judges have their work cut out for them! Mark your calendars: we celebrate the winners on Sept. 26 in Toronto.
- Brandi Cowen, Editor
 
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Injured workers in N.B. could get their biggest benefit increase in more than 30 years

New Brunswick's Progressive Conservative government has introduced amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act and the Firefighters' Compensation Act that would increase wage loss benefits for all injured and sick workers from 85 to 90 per cent of net earnings.


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How Gilbane reduced hand injuries by 95% in its Federal Division

Learn about Gilbane’s fresh approach to construction hand safety with Superior Glove Hand injuries are the #1 preventable industrial accident.


Ontario proposes changes to improve trucking safety

The Ontario government has introduced legislation aimed at strengthening the province’s commercial vehicle enforcement program. The Safer Roads and Communities Act would increase the powers of Ministry of Transportation Enforcement Officers (TEOs), allowing them to compel trucks and commercial vehicles to pull over.


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Quarry operator fined $200k for workplace fatality, injury

Buckhorn Sand & Gravel Inc. has been fined $200,000 after one worker was fatally injured and another was critically injured while trying to free a truck lodged on a rock.


Baker Lake teen wins $1,000 prize for workplace safety video

After submitting the winning entry in a video contest, a young Baker Lake videographer can upgrade his gear and update his resumé to note he’s an award-winning filmmaker. Daniel Tapatai, 17, was named the winner of the Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest, organized by the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, which covers Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.


 
 
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Powerline fatalities jump 50 per cent, prompting Electrical Safety Authority to urge vigilance

During Powerline Safety Week, Ontario's Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) was reminding people to stay cautious, and always keep people and equipment three metres back from overhead powerlines. The reminder follows a 50 per cent increase in powerline-related fatalities in the province. » Read More...
 
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The dark side of the psychological health and safety conversation

These days more employers positively impact employees’ experiences through psychological safety and inclusion practices. But when asked if more employees use psychological safety as a sword versus a shield, many employers answer “yes.” » Read More...
 
 
 
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GLOBAL OHS NEWS 
 

US prisoners are being assigned dangerous jobs. But what happens if they are hurt or killed?

Every year, prisoners are put to work fighting wildfires, operating heavy machinery, or working on industrial-sized farms and meat-processing plants in a labour system that largely denies them the basic rights and protections guaranteed to most American workers. Some of these prisoners are given dangerous jobs with little or no training and, as a result, are seriously injured or killed. What happens next can vary widely from state to state. » Read More...

South Africa ends rescue efforts at collapsed building

A nearly two-week long rescue operation to find missing construction workers trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building in South Africa ended when authorities released a major revision of their figures and said they now believe no one else is missing. They confirmed that 33 workers died in the collapse of the five-story apartment building that was under construction in the city of George on South Africa’s south coast. » Read More...

Cave-in leaves 2 miners dead, 1 missing and 12 injured at a coal mine in Poland

Two miners were killed and one remains missing after a cave-in at the Myslowice-Wesola coal mine in southern Poland on May 14. Twelve other miners were hurt in the cave-in some 870 meters (2,800 feet) underground in an area where 15 miners were working. » Read More...

Amazon's self-driving robotaxi under investigation after 2 rear-end crashes

Amazon’s self-driving robotaxi unit is being investigated by the U.S. government's highway safety agency after two of its vehicles braked suddenly and were rear-ended by motorcyclists. Both crashes involved Toyota Highlander SUVs with autonomous driving technology. They happened during daytime hours, and the agency confirmed that each of the Amazon vehicles was operating in autonomous mode leading up to the crashes. » Read More...

 
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Workers on a warming planet deserve stronger labour protections

A warming planet is intensifying occupational health and safety threats to low-wage workers across the food chain, and labour laws are failing to protect them. » Read More...

Ottawa’s efforts to modernize regulations fail to prioritize public safety over profit

In 2019, the federal government introduced a recurring annual regulatory modernization bill covering all regulatory agencies, including energy, agriculture, transportation, health and telecommunications. The proposed legislation is currently in consultation with businesses, industry associations, academics and Canadians about key components of the bill’s latest version, which would remove some regulatory processes from parliamentary oversight. » Read More...

 
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