Day of Mourning
remembers workers killed and injured on the job
In 2012, more than 10,000 New Brunswick workers were hurt on
the job, seven of them fatally (one from an occupational
disease). Another three succumbed to previous years’ injuries
So far in 2013, one worker has been killed
on the job. More.
of Mourning ceremonies in New
Bathurst – Day of
Mourning Monument, Douglas Avenue, April 28, 11
Fredericton – Fredericton Fallen
Firefighters Memorial, April 28, 12
Miramichi – Workers’ Monument,
Newcastle, April 28, 6 p.m.
Bore View Park Cenotaph, April 28, 12
Restigouche – Atholville, walk
departs from the AV Cell Mill and ends at the town hall,
April 28, 1 p.m.
Saint John – Frank
& Ella Hatheway Labour Exhibit Centre, Lily Lake, April
28, 12 p.m.
Support for families
affected by workplace tragedy
Life® is a national organization that supports
families who have experienced a tragedy in the form of a
life-altering workplace injury, occupational disease or
Established in 2003, this registered charity
provides family members with one-on-one peer support and
guidance, as well as annual forums for families to come
together and share their experiences with each other. It also
calls for the elimination of all workplace injuries by leading
a culture change in which we all come to view workplace
injuries, illnesses and deaths as morally, socially and
This year’s Atlantic
Canadian forum takes place from May 31-June 2 at the Atlantica
Hotel & Marina Oak Island in Western Shore, Nova Scotia.
For more information, please look under this month’s event
listings, or call 1 888 567-9490.
Annual Report showcases stability
WorkSafeNB has released its 2012 Annual Report to
the New Brunswick legislature, with highlights including a
reduction in workplace injuries, a 96.5% return to work
rate, falling assessment rates and full funding status –
factors that all contribute to a stable workers’ compensation
“Fewer workplace injuries is good news for New
Brunswick workers and their families,” said Sharon Tucker,
chair of WorkSafeNB’s board of directors. More.
Radon in the workplace
A recent Health
Canada study has found that almost 25% of homes that were
tested in New Brunswick were above the recommended levels for
While the study did not evaluate the levels of
radon in New Brunswick workplaces, it is expected that radon
exposure could be an issue in some workplaces. More.
NAOSH Week 2013
Are you as safe as you think?
It’s a question
WorkSafeNB encourages you to ask yourself and the theme for
the 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH)
Week, taking place May 5-11.
NAOSH Week focuses on the
importance of increasing understanding, raising awareness and
preventing injuries and illness in the workplace, at home and
in the community. More.
Nackawic Inc., pleaded guilty April 10, 2013 to
two charges under the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Act; the first under paragraph 9(2)(a) for failing
to ensure the safe working condition of its equipment and the
second under paragraph 9(2)(c) for failing to provide
proper training and supervision to its employees.
June 30, 2011, a maintenance crew attempted to cool a
partially plugged and overheating line containing a liquid
by-product created in the pulp process by adding an auxiliary
line to the system’s cooler unit. In doing so, they modified
fittings and used coupling mechanisms not according to
industry standards. When the crew charged the line, pressure
forced the hose to come off the modified fitting and a worker
sustained burns from the liquid.
Each charge resulted
in a $5,000 fine with an additional $1,000 victim surcharge
each for a total fine of $12,000.
Our workplace is a central
distribution centre servicing the retail industry. Our
warehouse loading dock has both dock lifts and dock levelling
devices. Are these devices considered to be hoisting devices
under the regulation and therefore subject to the provisions
on hoisting apparatuses, sections 207–212 of General
ABC Company Limited*
*Names have been changed
for privacy purposes A: The
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard
MH29.1:2012, Safety Requirements for Industrial Scissor
Lifts, defines “dock lifts, work access lifts and lift
tables as the three categories of industrial scissor lifts and
identifies their differences and similarities.” More
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DID YOU KNOW
New Brunswick’s workplaces reported the second lowest
injury rate in the country. This trend is a small part
of a bigger picture – since 2001, injury rates have
dropped by more than 30%. We congratulate you, the
province’s workers and employers, for achieving these
2012 Annual Report of the
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