H S & E: Work Safe Committment
April - Safe Dig Month
SAFE DIGGING MONTH RATIONALE
Alberta has a very comprehensive and complex infrastructure that provides essential goods and services to all Albertans. Each year there are numerous instances where the integrity of this infrastructure is jeopardized by improperly conducted ground disturbances. Failure to Call or Click Before You Dig to have buried facilities identified and their locations marked prior to disturbing the ground is the most frequent cause of buried facility damages.
The consequences of damage to buried facilities can include service disruptions, environmental contamination, property damage, personal injury and death.
All ground disturbers, including contractors, excavators, homeowners and land owners, can save time and money and keep themselves and our province safe and connected by following ground disturbance and buried facility damage prevention Best Practices. These include making that simple call to Alberta One-Call in advance of any ground disturbance project, waiting for the buried facility locates to be done, respecting the locate marks, exposing any conflicting buried facilities before using mechanical excavation equipment and digging with care.
The stakeholders in the buried facility damage prevention process – the digging community, buried facility owners and operators, buried facility locators, regulatory agencies, training providers and the one-call centre – all agree that the prevention of damage to buried facilities is a shared responsibility.
The organizations endorsing this initiative strongly advocate:
• the need to Call or Click Before You Dig;
• membership in Alberta One-Call by all buried facility owners and operators;
• formal ground disturbance training for commercial ground disturbers; and
• use of Alberta One-Call to request buried facility locates.
As April is the traditional start-up of the annual digging season, the Alberta Common Ground Alliance proclaims April as SAFE DIGGING MONTH and encourages all ground disturbers to always Call or Click Before You Dig.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
Health and Safety eNews – March 2013
Annual Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) CodeReview
Enacted in 2003, the OHS Code continues to guide Alberta workplaces by establishing minimum standards for safe and healthy practices. As part of the government's continued commitment to workplace health and safety, and in accord with a revised process for changing content of the Code, updates will now be made on a five-year cycle. Previously, changes were made every two to three years. As a result, the process will now see focused annual reviews of specific parts of the Code.
For the 2013-2014 period, the OHS Policy and Program Development Branch will be reviewing the following:
- Part 10 – Fire and Explosion Hazards
- Part 16 – Noise Exposure
- Part 18 – Personal Protective Equipment
- Part 32 – Excavating and Tunnelling
- Part 36 – Mining
- Part 37 – Oil and Gas Wells
These reviews will continue to reflect input from individual workers and employers; industry, labour, and health and safety associations; and members of the public, and will allow participants to focus on specific areas of the Code.
The views and input of affected stakeholders are important to ensure that the Code remains timely and relevant. All interested parties are invited to participate by providing suggestions for change to any of the Parts being reviewed. An internal working group of OHS staff will review all submissions and develop a formal proposal outlining any recommendations for revisions to these Parts of the Code. All submissions will be considered in the development of those draft recommendations. A future consultation, which will take place in 2014, will provide a further opportunity to comment on them.
The target for release of the next revised Code is 2015.
For information on the current review and to submit suggestions, please visit the Alberta Human Services website at http://humanservices.alberta.ca/working-in-alberta/14571.html.
Suggestions for changes to other Parts of the Code are welcomed and will be retained for consideration in future review projects.
Arrest Warrant Possible with proposed OHS ticket system - Alberta
November 20, 2012 - Edmonton
Read More: http://tiny.cc/uj3kpw
Calgary family hopes huge $2.4M fine sends message to construction companies:
"The family of a trucker who was killed when a 15-metre-high wall of dirt and rock collapsed on him four years ago hopes a record $2.4 million fine under the Occupational Health and Safety Act sends a strong message to the construction industry in Alberta." """
To read full story, follow this link: http://lnkd.in/7aNCjZ
Historic Guilty Pleas to OHS and Criminal Charges Relating to Christmas Eve Fatalities:
"This case is historic as it represents the first corporate guilty plea in Ontario under the Criminal Code as amended by Bill C-45 in 2004. If imposed, a corporate sentence of one million dollars will represent the highest penalty for criminal negligence causing death for a workplace accident in Canadian history." ""
To read the full story, follow this link: http://t.co/yyDBBgXn
FARM SAFETY and POWER LINES
Always ask yourself - "Where's the Line?"
For more information from JUST click here
FARM SAFETY - most recent information on agricultural injuries:
Statistics are from Canadian Agricultural Information Reporting (CAIR) documents, from 1990 to 2008 (the most recent data available):
The CAIR data show that agricultural injuries are not due to random or isolated “accidents”. There are many recurrent patterns of injury. From 1990-2008, in Canada:
– 1,975 people were killed in agricultural injury events.
– The agricultural fatality rate was 12.9 per 100,000 farm population (including non-workers).
– The fatality rate for agriculture injuries in the agriculture population is higher than either motor vehicle collision and suicide fatality rates in the general population.
– 70% of the agricultural fatalities involved machines.
– 4 machine-related causes were responsible for more than half the fatalities: machine rollovers, machine runovers, machine entanglements and traffic collisions.
– The top five causes of agricultural fatalities were machine rollovers (20%), machine runovers (18%), machine entanglements (8%), traffic collisions (7%), and being pinned or struck by a machine (7%).
– 92% of the fatalities were work related, 85% of the victims were working.
– 92% of those fatally injured as a result of agricultural work were male.
– 47% of the fatalities were farm owner/operators.
– 37% of all agriculture fatalities involved a tractor.
– 44% of fatalities due to toxic substance exposure were attributed to hydrogen sulfide (manure gas) poisoning.
– Of the drowning-related fatalities 39% occurred in a dugout.
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As the provincial economy heated up last year, the number of Albertans who died on work sites in various ways - everything from electrocutions and falling to being crushed by metal equipment - soared by 26 per cent.
Calgary Herald, May 16, 2012 (
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- Alberta Damage Prevention Council Brochure
- Alberta Damage Prevention Council Power Point presentation
- Please use these documents to create and promote awareness about "dial before you dig
- For more information to keep your work crews safe! Visit www.albertadamageprevention.com
CANADA'S OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY MAGAZINE <click to be directed to web site
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