Tag Archives: worker safety

Remember Jordan

A young man’s story propels awareness of vehicle recovery safety

Jordan’s story is unforgettable. And that’s the point.

Jordan Roppel was 18 years old and less than two months on the job at a perforating manufacturing plant in Standard, Alta., when the Toyota forklift he was operating got stuck in soft mud.

What happened next is something that’s common in the oil and gas industry: workers decided to tow out the lift. Continue reading

The Ripple Effect

It’s been 26 years since an explosion nearly killed her father, but Kayla Rath still panics at the sound of a siren.

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The deal with worker safety in oil and gas

With an oil strike in Turner Valley, Alberta launched Canada’s energy industry in the early 1900s. Resources were abundant, but experience was in short supply. Workers were expected to learn on the job—and avoid the dangers of a drilling rig’s many moving and often oil-slicked parts: pulleys, wheels, cogs, belts, gears, chains, ropes, planks, tools and equipment. Continue reading

Going to pot

Knowing marijuana’s risk

It’s not just a joint . . .

Canadians’ increasingly casual attitude to marijuana has prompted the federal government to promise it will make the substance legal on April 4, national marijuana day, lifting a 97-year-old prohibition on weed.

With its growing acceptance, lots of people might think marijuana is harmless.

But a growing number of experts don’t. One of them is Diana Dow-Edwards, the distinguished visiting research chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Health and Wellness with the Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation, who’s studied marijuana for more than two decades.

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Legalized marijuana will become a matter of policy

This August, Health Canada introduced regulations to make cannabis more accessible for medical purposes. This spring, the federal government plans to make the recreational use of marijuana legal. Continue reading

Marijuana and workplace safety: question and answer with Cameron MacGillivray

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised his government will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. The Liberals announced plans to introduce legalized marijuana on April 20, 4/20, or national cannabis day, and expect to introduce legislation this coming spring. Continue reading

When lightning strikes

It’s true. You’re more likely to be hit by lightning than win a lottery jackpot.

For the record, your chances of being struck by lightning are slim. Still, Environment Canada says lightning kills roughly 10 Canadians every year and injures between 100 and 150 others. Your odds increase if you work outside. And they can soar if you find yourself in the wrong place when a thunderstorm rolls through. Continue reading

Can’t take the heat? How to know when it’s safest to get out

Ah … those lazy days of summer! Sitting on the patio with a cold drink, soaking up some rays might seem like a great way to spend a day off, but what about those busy days of summer when you’re outside working hard in the scorching heat? Then the hot weather might not seem like such a gift.

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Mental health in the workplace: what to watch for, how to help

Are you up for a discussion about mental health in your workplace? If it’s not a topic you’ve given much thought to in the past, you’re not alone.

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