April Alberta Safety News Roundup

169 workers killed in Alberta last year honoured at annual ceremony Editorial: We need to work harder to stop workplace deaths Fatality probe underway after worker buried in sewer trench City of Edmonton employee dies from injuries after being crushed by sand and gravel Alberta saw 25 farming fatalities in 2014: Continue reading

Over-sized Loads on Alberta Roadways

-Lydia Dunaenko Alberta has one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas industries in the world. Our mix of natural gas, light oil, heavy oil, in-situ oil sands production, oil sands mining and associated upgrading facilities, represents one of the strongest and most diverse energy industries in the Continue reading

Understanding Static Electricity

We talk about static electricity all the time in industrial health and safety. We see static electricity generated in a variety of tasks, but what exactly is it? Electrons are often loosely connected to the protons and neutrons that make up atoms. Sometimes they travel, move or are dislodged causing Continue reading

A few reasons why ‘eye-witness testimony’ shouldn’t be the benchmark

Often in safety our officers and advisors are involved in investigations of incidents both minor and serious. First person or witness testimony is often considered key information during this process. However, this assumption is unfortunately misguided. Our vision and the way we understand what we see isn’t perfect. Perceptions change, Continue reading

Spinning Statistics – have a closer look

Alberta OHS recently reported that workplace injury rates have hit an all-time recorded low. The statistics are clear, there are fewer injury incidents on the books. There are a few reasons why this might be the case: There have been fewer injuries, or Fewer reports of injuries are being submitted Continue reading

Bringing Safety Home – Train Safety for Kids

I grew up around train tracks and as a kid they held so much interest, you could cross properties, streams and roads if you followed them long enough. Unfortunately a cousin of mine did just that to go fishing at one of the larger streams and was hit, killed instantly. Continue reading

Bringing Safety Home – Children and Farm Safety

Opinion piece by, Lydia Dunaenko Often when we think of safety training, we think of oil and gas or construing industrial training. However, having grown up in and around the agriculture industry, I know firsthand how agriculture safety and training for those that work and live in the area of Continue reading

Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten

-B.F.Skinner, 1964

 

Why sitting is bad for you – TED-Ed

Sitting down for brief periods can help us recover from stress or recuperate from exercise. But nowadays, our lifestyles make us sit much more than we move around. Are our bodies built for such a sedentary existence? Murat Dalkilinç investigates the hidden risks of sitting down. Lesson by Murat Dalkilinç, Continue reading