Not only is today Christmas Eve…it’s also the anniversary of an incredible tragedy that occurred in Toronto, Ontario when 4 migrant workers fell to their deaths from a swing-stage on a highrise building. Many of you will remember the events of a year ago and the outrage that such a preventable event could occur in one of the world’s most modern cities. Here’s a post from my blog with some of the details surrounding the event and links to a news story from The Star.
A lot has happened since that horrible day last year…the creation of the Expert Review Panel on OHS in Ontario…Criminal Negligence causing death charges (C-45) to the owner and supervisor…and, unfortunately, the continuing pattern of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths in Canadian workplaces. I’m hopeful that the trend to measure safety by the results of disability management is being questioned in a number of provincial jurisdictions. While lost time injuries continue to trend downward, unfortunately we’re not seeing the same trend in workplace deaths.
As you reflect on the events of last year you may want to check out this news release from the Ontario Federation of Labour that I saw on Twitter this morning. I think you’ll find the results of Ontario’s Expert Panel on OHS of interest as well.
Please take a moment to honour the memory of these poor unfortunate souls who lost their lives a year ago. We have a lot to be thankful for in this great country. We also have a lot of work to do to make sure our friends and family members come home after a good day at work.
Season’s greetings to you and your families and best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2011!
Cause safety to happen in your workplace today…and every day…Andrew…a Canadian Safety Guy