Is it time for a 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.

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