Canadian Safety Reporter - sample

August 2016

Focuses on occupational health and safety issues at a strategic level. Designed for employers, HR managers and OHS professionals, it features news, case studies on best practices and practical tips to ensure the safest possible working environment.

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Safety Reporter Canadian www.safetyreporter.com August 2016 INJURED WORKER GETS BENEFITS FOR CHRONIC PAIN Medical evidence showed chronic pain disorder with psychological elements arose out of work-related injury pg. 5 ANGRY WORKER STORMS HIS WAY OUT OF A JOB pg. 3 Worker's tirade against managers raised workplace violence concerns WORKER'S CLAIM FOR ABSENCE DUE TO INJURY RECURRENCE REJECTED Pain was from recurrence of injury, but wasn't enough to prevent him from working pg. 6 INSIDE Improving bus driver safety Challenges, measures and strategies for reducing the risk of assaults on transit operators BY MELISSA CAMPEAU ACCORDING TO THE Cana- dian Urban Transit Association, 2,000 transit workers are assault- ed every year in this country. This past spring the issue came to something of a head, as four Kelowna, B.C., transit drivers were assaulted, in separate inci- dents, on the same day. Less than a month later, in a show of solidarity, transit drivers from across the country gath- ered in Kelowna and called for measures to help them stay safe on the job. The march attracted national media attention and turned a spotlight on the issue. "These assaults are just sense- less incidents," says Paul Thorp, national president of Amalgam- ated Transit Union (ATU) Cana- da. "Every day we get reports of assaults from right across Can- Breast cancer in lab techs work-related: S.C.C Expert evidence found no definitive causation but couldn't rule it out either BY JEFFREY R. SMITH THE SUPREME COURT of Canada has ruled that breast cancer in three British Columbia workers who worked in a medical lab should be considered an occupational disease entitling them to workers' compensation, overturning a lower court decision and reinstating a tribunal decision. Katrina Hammer, Patricia Schmidt, and Anne MacFarlane, all NEWS BRIEF FREE ONLINE RESOURCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH ACCOMMODATION TORONTO — Think Outside the Box is a one-of-a-kind, free online resource designed to help employ- ers, businesses, HR professionals, landlords, the service industry, and anyone else looking to learn more about mental health accessibility and disability accommodation. Created by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontar- io, Think Outside the Box offers real- life stories of individuals living with a mental health disability and how schools, employers and govern- ment have accommodated them. The resource also offers tips that can positively impact both the person with the disability and the organization that employs them. "When we think about disabili- ties, we often only think about vis- ible physical disabilities. People are familiar with the importance of ramps and wider doorways but they may not know where to start when it comes to accommodat- ing a person living with a mental health disability. This resource will help tremendously," said Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario. People living with mental health disabilities are protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Assault > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/rmnoa357 Medical > pg. 2

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