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  • Feature Health & Safety

    Out of Reach

    June 1, 2014 by Jeff Cottrill

    It has been more than two years since an explosion and a fire killed two workers and injured 20 at the Babine Forest Products sawmill, east of Burns Lake in British Columbia. Today, a legal controversy surrounds WorkSafeBC’s investigation…

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    Heart of the Matter

    June 1, 2014 by Carmelle Wolfson

    British Columbia has proposed an amendment to the Workers Compensation Act that would restore heart disease to the list of presumptive diseases for firefighters.

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    Greener Pastures

    April 1, 2014 by Carmelle Wolfson

    The death of an Alberta farm worker, who was killed when his clothing got caught in a grain auger in January, has renewed calls to bring the province’s agriculture industry into the fold of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)….

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    Road to Recovery

    April 1, 2014 by Jean Lian

    Pain — that gnawing, tormenting sensation — has been wielding an unrelenting grip on Patricia Dodd, volunteer president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Injured Workers Association, since she had a nasty fall at work back in the…

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    Beyond Skin-Deep

    April 1, 2014 by Carmelle Wolfson

    A recent study out of the United States has found that Vietnam war veterans previously exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange may be at higher risk for certain types of skin cancer. The latest findings may have resonance here in Canada, where…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Off the Rails

    March 1, 2014 by Jeff Cottrill

    It was Canada’s worst rail disaster in more than a century. In the early morning hours of July 6, 2013, a 72-car freight train derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic, a small town in southern Quebec with a population of about 6,000….

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    Inclusive Design

    March 1, 2014 by Carmelle Wolfson

    Employers in Ontario may need to start thinking more about making their workplaces accessible to employees with disabilities. As of January 1, 2014, organizations regulated by the province must comply with new rules under the Accessibility for…

  • Feature Human Resources

    Going Underground

    January 14, 2014 by OHS Canada

    When Paul Villeneuve was 20, he was buried up to his waist in soil after heavy machinery nearby caused the trench in which he was working to collapse. Fortunately, he got out alive after his brothers, who were working on the job, dug him out…

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    Fighting Microbes

    January 14, 2014 by OHS Canada

    The controversy over mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers has reared its head in British Columbia after an arbitrator upheld a policy that requires healthcare workers in the province either to get vaccinated or to mask up at all times…

  • Feature Human Resources

    Stunning Divide

    November 25, 2013 by OHS Canada

    While Tasers have been at the heart of a heated debate for causing more than 20 deaths in Canada, studies have found that this type of conducted energy weapon (CEW) is safe to use and poses little threat to the officers wielding them. What…

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    Benchmarking Safety

    November 25, 2013 by OHS Canada

    New Brunswick is taking a new approach to evaluating workplace safety across the province with WorkSafeNB’s adoption of the Organizational Performance Metric (OPM) questionnaire.

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    In the air

    October 11, 2013 by OHS Canada

    It was a finale that was certainly not part of the choreography. Acrobat and aerialist Sarah Guillot-Guyard sustained fatal injuries after falling approximately 27 metres during the closing scene of Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ at the MGM…

  • Foot in the door

    October 11, 2013 by OHS Canada

    Changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) announced in June will give immigrations officials the authority to enter and inspect workplaces without first obtaining a warrant, unless the workplace is a private residence.

  • Picking up the pieces

    August 28, 2013 by OHS Canada

    In the immediate aftermath of an explosion at a fertilizer plant involving ammonium nitrate in West, Texas, there was no shortage of blame over what could have been done to prevent a catastrophe that left a trail of destruction in the town of…

  • For whom the decibel tolls

    August 28, 2013 by OHS Canada

    Employees in the professional sports industry face a myriad of dangers: from being caught in the crossfire as pucks and balls go whizzing by, to dodging hulking athletes and being on the receiving end of unruly players and frustrated fans. But…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    The Search is Over

    July 9, 2013 by OHS Canada

    Do the clothes on our backs leave blood on our hands? Hope has faded as the search for survivors came to an end some three weeks after a garment factory building in Savar, Bangladesh, collapsed on April 24, claiming more than 1,100 workers.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Change from Inside Out

    July 9, 2013 by OHS Canada

    When it comes to health and safety at work, no one would have a better understanding of how to enhance a job site than the employees who work there. This cannot be more true for a textile plant in Ontario, which saved more than a…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Taking Refuge

    June 4, 2013 by OHS Canada

    In September of 2012, wooden cable frames at a potash mine in Rocanville, Saskatchewan, caught fire, trapping 20 workers underground. From inside the mine, the workers were able to communicate with the outside world and stay safe, despite being…

  • Redefining the Workplace

    June 4, 2013 by OHS Canada

    More than three years after a washroom privacy wall collapsed and killed a teenager, the Ontario Court of Justice has found the City of Guelph not guilty of a workplace safety infraction.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Up in Arms

    April 11, 2013 by OHS Canada

    On December 14, 2012, the massacre of 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut made headlines around the world.