Canadian Safety Reporter - sample

September 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 September 2016 PROSTHETIC LIMBS A SECONDARY CONDITION FROM WORKPLACE INJURY Worker originally denied benefits for slip and fall related to unsteadiness with 2 artificial legs and one artificial arm pg. 3 'ONE SIZE FITS ALL' FOLLOW-UP TESTING NO GOOD pg. 5 Follow-up testing for employees returning to work after testing positive must allow for individualized treatment NO MENTAL STRESS BENEFITS FOR FEDERAL WORKER IN NEW BRUNSWICK Worker at federal penitentiary subject to provincial workers' compensation regime excluding gradual mental stress pg. 6 INSIDE Monitoring carbon monoxide at work Proactively measuring air quality helps manage risk and improve employee safety BY MELISSA CAMPEAU ON MAY 28, 2014, a mainte- nance worker was using a power washer to clean an underground parking garage in Toronto, un- aware that the air around him was slowly becoming toxic. Around 2 p.m., he was found outside on the sidewalk, without vital signs. He was pronounced dead at the hospital from carbon monoxide exposure. The employer was fined $75,000 for failing to protect the worker's health and safety. On- tario Regulation 833 requires every employer to take all mea- sures reasonably necessary to limit workers' exposure to haz- ardous agents. In the case of car- bon monoxide, exposure should not exceed 125 parts per million (ppm) at any one time. On the day in question, carbon monox- Dismissal not a reprisal for safety complaint Employer wasn't aware of nurse's concerns over bedbugs at patient's home when it made decision to terminate BY JEFFREY R. SMITH AN ONTARIO health care provider's termination of a registered nurse's employment was for performance issues and not a reprisal for the nurse's raising of safety concerns at a patient's home he vis- ited, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled. Michael Carr was a registered nurse with St. Elizabeth Health Care HNHB, a provider of home health care services in the Ham- NEWS BRIEF CHILD DEATHS IN 'GHOST' MINES COVERED UP (Thomson Reuters) — In the depths of India's illegal mica mines, where children as young as five work alongside adults, lurks a dark secret — the cover-up of child deaths with seven killed since June, a Thomson Reuters Founda- tion investigation has revealed. Investigations over three months in four major mica produc- ing states found child labour rife, with small hands ideal to pick and sort the valued mineral. But interviews with workers and local communities discov- ered children were not only risking their health in "ghost" mines off of- ficial radars, but they were dying in the unregulated, crumbling mines. Indian law forbids children be- low 18 working in mines and other hazardous industries but families in extreme poverty rely on children to boost household income. India is one of the world's larg- est producers of mica, used n the car and building sectors, electron- ics and make-up. A spokesman for India's Min- istry of Mines said safety in mica mines was a matter for state gov- ernments who are facing mounting pressure from the mining industry to grant licences to illegal mines. Commercial > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/ MZinchenko Nurse > pg. 2

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