It may be hard to believe, but many companies in Canada still fuel their Safety Programs on hope and avoidance. I don’t have to tell you how dangerous and misguided this approach is for workers and businesses in any industry. The simple fact is safety evolution is inevitable in today’s economy for all businesses.
What many employers and supervisors are having to take a hard look in recent months, especially when putting together project bids and pre-qualification packages, is corporate and individual accountability. If things go wrong in the “safety” department and someone is injured, do they have the measures in place to protect their liability and avoid loosing future business, paying fines and facing possible jail time resulting from criminal prosecution for negligence.
If one of your employees gets hurt at work today can you provide the Ministry Of Labour with the following?
1. Evidence that the job site hazards were communicated and understood.
2. Evidence that training was appropriate and consistent with a documented hazard analysis.
3. Evidence that your supervisors vetted safety training by documenting random inspections and interviews with workers while on the job. (aka “safety observations”)
4. Evidence that all supervisors are “qualified and competent”, and that they have advanced training in Hazard Analysis, Accident Investigations, Emergency Preparedness, and performing Worker Orientations.
If you are unsure whether you or your workers are adequately protected, you may need a…
WORKPLACE SAFETY REVOLUTION
Doug Crann, Founder and President
Workplace Safety Revolution
From crane roll overs & electrocutions to scaffolding collapses & dump truck collisions, looking back over the past couple years it doesn’t appear we are becoming any safer as a society . Last I checked we were injuring 4-5 workers per day in Canada and from a country that has pretty progressive OH&S regulations, it doesn’t appear that employers or employees are listening to our regulatory agencies or the news. It’s no secret that Canada as a country is soft on crime, and I’m no judge but figure most people would agree that an employer killing a worker due to negligence should result in significant penalties including jail time. (We do have a bill C-45 for that, somewhere I’m sure.) So who are we going to listen to if not the enforcement arm of the MOL, or the advocacy groups for worker protection like WSIB, Health and Safety Ontario or the CCOHS? Clearly something game changing needs to happen to get our attention. The changes required to shift the direction of workplace injuries in Canada must be drastic and far reaching in order to have an impact at all. We need a revolution in the way safety is integrated into all industries and companies across every province. Respect for the lives of our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters needs to be brought to the forefront of every business decision and job site procedure, so that the senseless killing can be controlled.
It is time for a Workplace Safety Revolution.
Learn more at http://www.workplacesafetyrevolution.com