DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, November 18, 2013

World Safety News - Large Fine In Canada

A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Alberta (Canada) Court Sets Major Fine

Lexology opens an article about a recent fine in Alberta Canada this way:

"On October 31, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench issued a large fine against an employer under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Alberta), sending a strong message that other employers may find frightening."

The amount of the fine was $275,000.

The accident involved a calf roping ride being used at the Calgary Stampede. The machine gave the rider, who is seated on a stationary mechanical horse, a calf roping experience.  During the operation of the ride a metal lever struck an employee resulting in a fatality.

The court did find that the employer took sincere steps to ensure a safe work environment, and, that the location was away from the normal workplace. However, there was no manager present at the event where the calf roping ride was being used and the employees may have made a poor decision.

Read the article here.

Indian Industries give short shrift to safety protocols

The Hindu (newspaper) is reporting that business continues to ignore safety resulting in workplace deaths in the state of Odisha in India. The article reports that:

"A major fire accident leading to the death of one person and injuries to more than 15 workers in the Bhushan Steel Plant in Dhenkanal district has once again brought to the fore the non-adherence to safety protocols on industrial premise."

"More than 100 deaths have occurred after workers fell from height and close to 100 workers died on being hit by speeding trucks on industrial premises – which is considered to be a restricted zone."

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
U.K. Workplace Injuries Drop
How Much Does An Accident Cost?
Spot The Hazard, Report The Hazard

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