OSHA Reminds Workers to Be Safe When Removing Snow

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With winter weather tightening its grip on most of the country, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decided this is a great time to remind workers and supervisors to stay safe while performing snow removal activities.

Safety Research Group Gets Three Grants

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The Ontario government has provided the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario with more than $300,000 in grants to fund new workplace safety research in three key areas.

OSHA Offers Advice To Prevent Accidents

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants employers who claim to care about the health and well-being of their workers to know that caring is evident in how they seek to address hazards in the workplace. That is why OSHA recently produced a list of tips to help factories and warehouses reduce the number of accidents and injuries by reducing the likelihood of risk.

New Resources to Fight Distracted Driving Epidemic

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Designed as a resource to curb the spread of distracted driving throughout Canada, The Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving (CCDD) last week launched a new web-based information hub. This resource contains a number of tools that should help governments and interested stakeholders develop effective strategies to aid in the reduction of distracted driving, which has reached epidemic status in recent years.

Manitoba Power Project Claims Worker

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In the second such accident in recent months, a worker with Edmonton-based contractor Forbes Brothers, Ltd., who is building a transmission line for Manitoba Hydro's Keeyask generating station, was fatally injured when he was securing a load on a semi-trailer truck early Wednesday morning.

California Construction Collapse

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In Santa Rosa, California, a building that was under construction collapsed last Thursday afternoon. The building, which was going up in the parking lot at Coddingtown Mall, trapped two workers and sent both to a local hospital.

Three Hydro One Workers Lost in Chopper Crash

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Last Thursday, a deadly helicopter crash in eastern Ontario took the lives of four Hydro One employees, who were riding in the Aerospatiale AS350-B2 chopper shortly before noon, according to police reports. Those reports also noted that parts of the aircraft were scattered over a snow-covered field outside Tweed, north of Kingston. While provincial police did confirm the four deaths and did say that all next-of-kin had been contacted, they did not release the names of the victims.

Cal/OSHA Cites Three Contractors in Collapse

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Last week, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, cited three contractors for safety violations and fined them a total of more than $145,000, based on their investigation of a collapse at a construction site earlier this year that sent 13 workers to Oakland hospitals.

Alberta’s Bill 30 Could Change Everything

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In Bill 30, the government of Alberta has introduced new occupational health and safety legislation they hope will expand the areas of workers’ rights, as well as employer duties. The new legislation came out of the first review of the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act since it was first enacted more than 40 years ago, in 1976.

Ontario WSIB to Reverse Unpopular Policy

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The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), which handles workers’ compensation for the province, has decided to reverse a controversial policy that effectively cut benefit amounts by blaming injuries on “pre-existing conditions,” even if the previous injuries had no actual physical impact on workers before they got hurt on the job.

BC Flagger Dies After Being struck by Vehicle

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Following a three-week-long battle for life in a British Columbia hospital, a 66-year-old female traffic controller has died from her injuries. These injuries were incurred on Nov. 17 on Highway 6 in Lavington, when she was hit by a vehicle that failed to stop, according to RCMP.

Mercury Hazards Draw $330k OSHA Fine

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Last week, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a Connecticut contractor, Manafort Brothers, with two willful and six serious violations because they exposed the workers at the demolition of Eversource’s Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire project site to hazards related to mercury, respirators, protective clothing and sanitary conditions. Along with the citations, Manafort Brothers also faces total fines of $329,548.