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  • Feature Human Resources

    Stunning Divide

    November 25, 2013 by OHS

    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…

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Benchmarking Safety

    November 25, 2013 by OHS

    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.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    In the air

    October 11, 2013 by OHS

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    A Healing Space

    April 11, 2013 by OHS

    Good spatial design can boost the efficiency and well-being of nurses by reducing the challenges posed by physical configurations that can lead to fatigue and errors, says a study published in January by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

  • Deadly Mimicry

    February 27, 2013 by OHS

    The women working in the heart of the automotive district in southern Ontario are unlike any other autoworkers in the world.

  • Feature Human Resources

    Going Underground

    February 27, 2013 by OHS

    With any change, there is always someone who believes that the old ways are still the best.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Silence on the Floor

    January 10, 2013 by OHS

    The recent meat recall at XL Foods Inc. in Brooks, Alberta is not wanting in superlatives.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Above and Beyond

    January 10, 2013 by OHS

    The massive $1.46 million in compensation awarded last October to a former WalMart employee in Windsor, Ontario has cast a spotlight on bullying and harassment in the workplace.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    On the Brink

    December 3, 2012 by OHS

    Dean Purdy has been working as a guard at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre for a quarter of a century now. For the first fifteen years of his tenure, he says he could count the number of assaults on corrections officers and…

  • Feature Transportation

    Staking Claims

    December 3, 2012 by OHS

    WorkSafeNB is digging deep into its pockets to pay back nearly $4 million to workers’ compensation claimants following a recent ruling from the Court of Appeal of New Brunswick, which found that the board had improperly clawed back injury…

  • Feature Transportation

    A New Life

    October 15, 2012 by OHS

    When Annette Elliott showed up for work on that first day, her co-workers were stupefied. They have always known her as Anthony, the father of four and a diligent air traffic controller at NAV Canada’s tower in Winnipeg since 1994.

  • Feature Health & Safety

    Smooth Descent

    October 15, 2012 by OHS

    Paramedics on Canada’s West Coast can now lay their burdens down — literally — when it comes to transporting patients up or down a flight of stairs.