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Workplace safety officials investigating truck driver death at Port of Montreal

Montreal's port authority says a man has died after an apparent accident at one of its wharves. Port of Montreal spokesperson Renée Larouche says the authority was notified of an accident involving a truck driver at the Viau shipping terminal northeast of downtown at around 2 p.m. on Friday.

Ontario to do away with sick note requirement for short absences

The province will soon introduce legislation that, if passed, will no longer allow employers to require a sick note from a doctor for the provincially protected three days of sick leave workers are entitled to.

Westpower Equipment fined $330,000 after crane operator killed in Calgary

The incident happened in Calgary on March 3, 2022. The worker, an employee of Westpower Equipment Ltd., was operating an overhead crane to install a pump cover when the cover released from the rigging. It struck the worker, causing fatal injuries.

Custom metal manufacturing firm fined $110K after worker killed in forklift accident

On June 1, 2022, a worker and the president of Performance Finishing & Fabrication were working together to place a metal beam while manufacturing a steel trailer frame for a mobile home. The company president was transporting the metal beam on a forklift when disaster struck.

'Thrown under the ferry': Southern Sunshine Coast FAC chair reacts to BC Ferries security report

Last summer, BC Ferries experienced several incidents where there were concerns raised about staff safety, including one instance in a meeting where one community member threatened to “take a gun” to BC Ferries staff.

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Deadly distraction: Supervisor, company convicted after Alberta worker struck and killed

An Alberta court has convicted a contracting company and one of its supervisors under the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was struck and fatally injured by a pick-up truck. Habtom Abraha, who worked for Volker Stevin Contracting, was killed on Oct. 2, 2019, while he was conducting routine inspections of storm drain catch basins on a residential street. » Read More...

Pausing to remember: Marking the National Day of Mourning

On April 28, workplaces came together to commemorate the National Day of Mourning, a day dedicated to honoring workers who have lost their lives, have been injured, or suffered an illness due to their work. » See the Photos
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Mexican journalist is slain south of Mexico City, spurring outrage among colleagues

Mexican journalists held a vigil and protest Saturday a day after one of their colleagues was slain in the southern state of Morelos. They demanded a transparent investigation into the case and vented anger over the dangers news workers face in Mexico, which is one of the world's deadliest countries for journalists. » Read More...

A funeral is held for 20 Cambodian soldiers killed in an arms depot explosion at an army base

There has been no public explanation of what caused the Saturday afternoon blast at the base in Kompong Speu province, though there were no suggestions it was triggered deliberately. » Read More...

BNSF becomes 2nd major railroad to sign on to anonymous federal safety hotline for some workers

The Federal Railroad Administration announced Thursday that the railroad owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway had agreed to let its roughly 650 dispatchers participate in the program that all the major railroads promised to join after last year's disastrous Norfolk Southern derailment in Ohio. » Read More...


So long, and thanks for all the fish: Saying goodbye to OHS Canada

Health and safety is one of the best beats in B2B journalism. If you knew me about 10 years ago, when I was still the editor-in-chief and publisher of Canadian HR Reporter and its family of workplace publications, that statement would have shocked you. This is my last column as senior editor of OHS Canada. » Read More...

Your AI therapist is not your therapist: The dangers of relying on AI mental health chatbots

With current physical and financial barriers to accessing care, people with mental health conditions may turn to artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chatbots for mental health relief or aid. Although they have not been approved as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada, the appeal to use such chatbots may come from their 24/7 availability, personalized support and marketing of cognitive behavioural therapy. » Read More...

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