Canadian Safety Reporter - sample

October 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 October 2016 WORKER REINSTATED AFTER DISMISSAL FOR BREACHING SAFETY RULES Worker resisted wearing PPE all the time; requirements were inconsistent and unclear pg. 3 MILITARY BASE WORKER FIRED AFTER AGGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN pg. 5 Worker with history of anger issues wouldn't stop harassing co-worker CLAIM MADE 11 MONTHS LATER DENIED Worker reported neck pain months after injury at work, but there was no connection between accident and later onset of symptoms pg. 6 INSIDE New MOU between B.C. and provincial police aims to enforce the Criminal Code Decades of union lobbying results in agreement that sets out when police in B.C. should investigate workplace accidents causing injury or fatality BY MELISSA CAMPEAU THIS PAST APRIL, the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines and B.C. police agen- cies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), locking in a protocol to ensure investiga- tion by police in the case of fa- talities and bodily harm at mine sites. While the MOU is new, it has a history that dates back at least a quarter of a century. At 5:18 a.m., on May 9, 1992, inside the Westray coal mine in Plymouth, N.S., a gust of meth- ane gas caught fire, causing a massive fireball to race through the underground tunnels and explode, killing 26 men trapped inside. Fatal heart attack at work not work-related: Tribunal Worker was stressed and worked long hours, was performing regular duties BY JEFFREY R. SMITH AN ONTARIO worker's fatal heart attack that occurred while on the job was not work-related, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insur- ance Appeals Tribunal has ruled. The worker was hired in July 2000 and worked as a log haul trans- port driver for a lumber company. On April 12, 2006, he was inside his truck waiting in a line for his truck to be loaded at a timber stock- pile. The loader operator signaled for the worker to move his truck NEWS BRIEF IS ANTI-VAX MOVEMENT GROWING? (Reuters) The number of pediatri- cians reporting vaccine refusals increased significantly, with the most common reason given is the belief that vaccines are unneces- sary, according to a small survey of pediatricians conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2013, 87% of pediatricians reported experiencing a vaccine refusal — a significant increase compared to 2006 (74.5%), re- ported Catherine Hough-Telford, MD, of University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues. The percentage of pediatricians who reported that parents refused vaccines because they considered them unnecessary was also up dramatically from 2006 (73.1% versus 63.4%, respectively). They added that other studies have suggested that the "rela- tive rarity" of vaccine-preventable diseases has caused parents to perceive vaccines as "less crucial" to the health of their children. The AAP also argued that non-medical exemptions for vaccinations are not appropriate for children enter- ing school or a community child care facility, in a separate state- ment from several AAP commit- tees. Formalizing > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/FeyginFoto No strenuous activity > pg. 2

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