Canadian Safety Reporter

June, 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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Safety Reporter Canadian www.safety-reporter.com June 2018 Employer's finding of no workplace violence not a resolution: Tribunal Legislation requires employer to appoint 'competent' investigator if matter isn't resolved; alleged victim wasn't happy with employer's decision BY JEFFREY SMITH A BRITISH Columbia company has lost its appeal challenging a directive that it didn't properly investigate an allegation of work- place violence when it found there was none and deemed the issue resolved. Seaspan Marine is a marine transportation company in North Vancouver, B.C. On Sept. 22, 2015, the captain of one of Seaspan's vessels, Captain Mark Robson, was in a meeting with deckhand Mike Hoey – a Seas- pan employee since 1999 – and another Seaspan employee on his boat. During the meet- ing, Captain Robson kept say- Reasonable precautions greater than regulatory requirements Ontario company acquitted of charges after worker death but new trial ordered by Court of Appeal BY JEFFREY R. SMITH INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC safety regulations must be followed by em- ployers to ensure the safety of their workers, but employers' duty to protect their workers doesn't necessarily end there when consider- ing the parent health and safety act, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled in ordering a new trial for a company charged after a worker POSTAL WORKER CAN'T DELIVER PROOF INJURIES WERE EXACERBATED BY WORKPLACE ACCIDENT No medical evidence that ongoing symptoms experienced for years were worsened by fall pg. 3 ACKNOWLEDGING THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT pg. 5 Many organizations think they don't have a problem but may be caught off-guard when it happens in their workplace CAR ACCIDENT, NOT REPETITIVE MOTION AT WORK, SHOULDERS BLAME FOR INJURY Worker claimed repeated reaching over head aggravated shoulder condition, but evidence didn't support it pg. 6 INSIDE NEWS BRIEF First > pg. 4 Credit: Shutterstock/ne3p Subordinate > pg. 2 PM #40065782 U.S. AIR FORCE PAUSES FOR 1 DAY AFTER CRASHES WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States Air Force has or- dered its aircraft to stand down for one day for a safety review after a string of deadly aircraft crashes. Some aircraft might be exempt- ed from the pause in flights, such as those carrying out strikes in Iraq and Syria, said Major General John Rauch, the Air Force's chief of safety. The operational pause comes after a Puerto Rico Air National Guard cargo plane crashed near Savannah, Georgia, scattering fiery debris over a highway and railroad tracks, and killing all nine people aboard. The crash was at least the fifth deadly accident involving a U.S. military aircraft since early April. According to Air Force data, there has been a 48-per-cent increase in the rate of aircraft crashes in fiscal year 2018 where someone was killed, permanently disabled or that caused over $2 million in damages. "This is not a crisis. But it is a crisis for each of these families... these are across services, and these are different individuals and different circumstances," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

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