Canadian Safety Reporter

January 2018

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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Healthcare worker's claim for infection denied Worker faced exposure to infection as a hospital patient and in recreational activities BY JEFFREY R. SMITH AN ONTARIO healthcare worker has lost his appeal for worker's compensation benefits for an infection he contracted because the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal found it was likely he contracted it through non-work-related exposure. The 40-year-old worker was employed as a transporter and service assistant at an Ontario hospital. He was initially hired in 2009 and moved into the transporter/service assistant job two years later. In that position, he worked on various floors of the hospital cleaning, Tire company acquitted on 3 out of 4 charges after worker injured changing truck tire Unforeseen sequence of events largely reason for accident, but company could have done more to ensure truck wouldn't be moved BY JEFFREY R. SMITH AN ALBERTA company has had three out of four charges for safety violations dismissed in the wake of an employee being run over by a tractor trailer while at- tempting to repair a flat tire. Kal Tire was a tire shop in Acheson, Alta., where it sold and changed tires for all sizes of ve- hicles. Max Bachynsky and Ryan Town were both employees of Kal Tire. Kal Tire provided safety train- ing for its employees, consist- ing of a mix of computer-based courses, videos, and other docu- ments. The training included the lockout procedure, which specified work was not to be performed on equipment until Safety Reporter Canadian www.safety-reporter.com January 2018 SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE Incidents in the news have organizations considering the implications of the problem and how best to deal with and prevent it pg. 3 DENIAL OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM FOR LUNG DISEASE SENT BACK FOR RECONSIDERATION pg. 5 Tribunal originally found link to occupational exposure but not lung operation FOLLOWING DOCTOR'S ORDERS AFTER A WORKPLACE INJURY Worker denied LOE benefits after refusing modified work, but following doctor's orders wasn't a failure to co-operate in RTW efforts pg. 6 INSIDE NEWS BRIEF Sequence > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/ Gumpanat Worker > pg. 2 PM #40065782 HEALTH WARNINGS, CHILD-PROOF PACKS PROPOSED FOR LEGAL POT OTTAWA (Reuters) — The Canadian government has proposed manda- tory health warnings, child-proof packaging, and a licensing regime for all cannabis products ahead of the July 2018 legalization of recre- ational marijuana. The proposals include restric- tions on packaging to ensure they are not enticing to children as well as legal standards for quality con- trol and potency, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said. The government is on track to legalize recreational marijuana by July 2018. Petitpas Taylor said the govern- ment wants to set strict guidelines for the safety of cannabis prod- ucts, but ensure micro-producers and big companies alike will have access to the market as long as they are licensed. The proposed regulations ad- dress the licensing, tracking, pack- aging and labeling of recreational and medical marijuana practices. Some provinces have asked the government to delay legalization, saying they need more time to set up a sales system and train police officers who will be enforcing the new rules.

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