Two New Brunswick
companies applauded for impressive workplace health and safety
MQM Quality Manufacturing Ltd. and Pine Grove Nursing Home
were recently recognized by WorkSafeNB for their impressive
efforts in workplace health and safety. More.
2014 employer assessment rate
New Brunswick’s employers will receive a reduced bill for
their assessment rates in 2014. The average assessment rate
will be reduced by 23 cents from $1.44 in 2013 to $1.21 in
2014 per $100 of payroll. The rates, effective January 1,
2014, represent a 16% reduction. More.
Calling all Back
comes to workplace injuries in New Brunswick, back injuries
lead the way. In 2011, these injuries caused more than 1,500
New Brunswickers to miss time at work. More.
inspirational workplace safety message
Candace Carnahan had known more about workplace safety as a
youth, she may still have both of her legs. That was the
message she shared with students during a recent
WorkSafeNB-sponsored tour of Anglophone high schools. More.
Join the leading
the Institute for Work and Health’s survey to find out how
your organization performs on leading indicators of
occupational health and safety. The deadline is January 31,
2014 to receive your benchmarking report next spring. For more
information, please visit www.iwh.on.ca/olip.
companies have been fined in Campbellton provincial court in
relation to a workplace incident that claimed the life of a
New Brunswick worker more than two years
AV Cell Inc., pleaded guilty
October 9, 2013 under paragraph 11(b) of the
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act for failing to
take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and
safety of workers in its place of employment.
Val Landry & Son (Roofing and Sheet Metal
Working) Ltd., pleaded guilty October 16, 2013 to a
charge under paragraph 9(1)(c) of the OHS Act
for failing to ensure that its employees complied with fall
protection requirements, as established under subsection 49(1)
of General Regulation 91-191.
On September 29,
2011, Maurice Roussel, 60, a co-owner of Val Landry & Son
Ltd., and the on-site supervisor, was one of three workers
hired to do repair work at the AV Cell mill in Atholville. The
workers fell about 35 feet to a concrete floor when a wooden
catwalk they were using to reach part of a ceiling gave way.
The other two workers were badly injured.
AV Cell Inc.
was fined $60,000 plus a victim surcharge of $9,000. Val
Landry & Son Ltd. was fined $5,000 plus a victim surcharge
Us – Questions from our readers
workplace has just received an order from a health and safety
officer requesting that we provide eyewash stations in areas
where our workers use corrosive chemicals that can damage the
eyes. I was considering purchasing hand-held squeeze bottles
known as “personal eyewash”. Would these products be
acceptable and meet the requirements of the order?
11, General Regulation 91-191, under the
Occupational Health and Safety Act requires New
Brunswick employers to install special equipment called
emergency eyewash or shower stations, when there is a risk
that a worker's eyes or skin may come in contact with
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