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April 28 is the National Day of Mourning – a day to remember those impacted by workplace injury

Last week on this blog, we heard from Shirley Hickman, who shared the story of her son, Tim, who died in a workplace explosion.

Shirley also talked about the National Day of Mourning – a day dedicated to those whose lives have been lost or changed forever by workplace injury. We promised, in that post, that we would come back to the Day of Mourning to explain more.

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The human side of safety: a workplace explosion ends in tragedy

Nobody likes to think they’re a statistic, but in 1996, that’s what Shirley Hickman and her family became. An explosion at the City of London arena where her son Tim had a part-time job left their lives changed forever.

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Convenience and safety: why flights to the oil patch are taking off

James Wakulchyk has been a pilot since he went through the Air Cadets aviation scholarship program at the age of 17. “That was 1991 – you do the math,” he jokes. “I’d known I wanted to be a pilot since I was about six, and I have always loved it.”

These days, James flies with North Cariboo Air (NCA), a private air charter company, and he spends much of his time flying personnel in and out of Alberta’s oil patch.

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Who ya gonna call? Know your emergency response numbers

When a crisis hits, people are relying on you to keep your head – and knowing who to call could mean the difference between life and death.

If only it were as simple as remembering those three magic numbers: 9-1-1!  Continue reading

Safety quiz: how many of these driver hand signals do you know?

On most worksites in our industry, huge trucks and heavy equipment are a constant presence. We rely on the drivers to use their driving skill and good judgement to keep everyone safe – but what about when the drivers are relying on others for guidance? Continue reading

Updated IRP helps keep your workers safe around flammable fluids

Fire and Explosion safetyWhen you’re on a wellsite conducting pumping operations, the last word you want to hear is “Fire!” That’s why hazard management is such a huge priority
– and when you’re working with flammable fluids, minimizing the risks can mean the difference between life and death.

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Safety alert! How miscommunication caused a worker’s hand to be crushed

In this, the third installment of our ‘Safety alert!’ series, we’ll be looking at a situation where poor communication, and a failure to follow procedures, almost cost a worker his hand. Continue reading