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  • Safety Goes Green

    September 7, 2012 by OHS

    The fatalities came fast. First, a 1,300 kilogram steel wall slipped loose from a crane, smashing into another wall and bringing both down onto 40-year-old Bobby Lee Tohannie and 24-year-old Angel Hernandez. Half a year later, Harvey Englander…

  • Making A Comeback

    September 7, 2012 by OHS

    The Quebec government’s recent announcement of a $58-million infusion to breathe life into Canada’s beleaguered asbestos industry has drawn outrage from various quarters.

  • Dust to Dust

    July 16, 2012 by OHS

    For a dust explosion to occur, everything has to be lined up just right. Unlike a fire, which can be started by a trio of elements — fuel, an ignition source and oxygen — a dust explosion can occur only if a pentagon comprising two…

  • Not Seeing Eye-to-Eye

    July 16, 2012 by OHS

    Organizations and workers who plead guilty and throw themselves at the mercy of the courts are likely to emerge in a better financial shape than accepting a fine from Ontario’s comparatively heavy-handed workplace safety regulator, so…

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    Off the Rails

    June 4, 2012 by OHS

    On Sunday, February 26, VIA Rail train 92 rumbled down the tracks through Burlington, Ontario from Niagara Falls, heading into Toronto’s Union Station. The crew and passengers on board were just 80 of the 15,000 people riding the rails on…

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    Giving a Lift to Depression

    June 4, 2012 by OHS

    There may be a time in the not-too-distant future when Canadian workers treated for depression will, in the words of noted 1960s psychologist Timothy Leary, “turn on, tune in, drop out.” Research from recent years seems to point to…

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    On Alert

    April 18, 2012 by OHS

    When a workplace is hit by corporate terrorism — in the form of vandalism, bomb threats or other acts of sabotage — fear is sure to reverberate through the ranks, delivering a severe blow to both the bottom line and the overall…

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    iPain in the Neck

    April 18, 2012 by OHS

    Toronto-based dentist Lorne Levy works by the maxim that a picture is worth a thousand words: before his patients at Scarlett Road Dentistry undergo procedures for crowns, dentures or the dreaded root canal, he uses an iPad to show them, step…

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    Death by Design

    March 2, 2012 by OHS

    On the morning of September 5, 2008, a plumber was called to A-1 Mushroom Substratum Ltd. in Langley, British Columbia for the second time in as many days. There, he found an intake pipe at the bottom of a pump shed completely blocked and…

  • Falling Partitions: Plus or Minus

    March 2, 2012 by OHS

    Within a couple months of relocating to an open-concept office space last October, Michael De Monte had noticed significant changes in the social dynamics among employees.

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    Rough Trade

    January 11, 2012 by OHS

    From 1982 to 1998, Gary Leon Ridgway preyed on sex workers in King County, Washington. Ridgway picked up the women, took them back to his house and strangled them, later writing in his defendant’s statement that his goal was to kill as many sex…

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    Warming Trend

    January 11, 2012 by OHS

    There is no other way to say it – Canadian winters are cold. Although this year is so far proving an exception to the rule, it is best not to assume “now” is forever when it comes to necessary protections against the elements.  

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    Whiff of Danger

    December 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    When the smoke cleared following an explosion and fire at a crude oil refinery in Regina in early October, 36 workers had suffered injuries ranging from burns and smoke inhalation to minor bruises, sprains and abrasions. Thirteen employees required hospitalization.

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    Removing the driver from the driving equation

    December 8, 2011 by OHS

    The thought of hopping into a car and being shuttled to one’s destination without even having to steer sounds like a technological fantasy.

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    Silenced Out

    December 8, 2011 by OHS

    Saskatchewan’s new Public Interest Disclosure Act is meant to protect whistleblowers from job-related reprisals, but will also bar public sector employees from bringing concerns about suspected wrongdoings to the media. Are these “protections”…

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    Toxic farewell a signal to “face” concerns

    October 13, 2011 by OHS

    A former employee of Whole Foods Market in Toronto who posted a tirade online blasting his ex-employer was not building the most positive foundation for future job opportunities, workplace health experts suggest.

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    Social Unrest

    October 13, 2011 by OHS

    Occupational health and safety is never so complete that it cannot benefit from a reboot. The central message of continuous improvement should remain steadfast, but how that message is delivered need not.

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    What Lies Beneath

    October 13, 2011 by Greg Burchell

    Excavating and trench work can be like diving into murky water: no one knows exactly what lies below the surface and will never know without getting wet. But unlike swimmers, equipment operators and workers with a job to do cannot opt out of…

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    Under the Radar

    October 12, 2011 by Greg Burchell

    Public transit workers in Toronto may soon be subject to random alcohol and drug testing as the city’s transit service was given the green light to expand testing for employees in safety-sensitive positions. While specifics about how the program will

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    Getting Comfy

    October 10, 2011 by Jason Contant

    Yet another survey; yet another disappointing result. In July, Kimberly-Clark Professional in Roswell, Georgia released findings from an online survey on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Of the 119 people taking part, 89 per cent reported having observed