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Working in Hot Conditions

  • 29 July 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Working in Hot Conditions

When the summer months come along, so do the heat advisories. Temperature extremes can become dangerous to your health. When working in conditions with excessive exposure to heat, heat illnesses are a concern since heat stroke is a possibility.

Reporting to OHS and What to do When Issued an OHS Order

  • 15 July 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Reporting to OHS and What to do When Issued an OHS Order

As a worker, you have the right to know about health and safety, the right to refuse dangerous work and the right to participate in health and safety.

Preparing for Severe Weather

  • 22 June 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 758
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Preparing for Severe Weather

After the long winter we’ve had, we finally get to look forward to some warm sunny summer weather. But with that beautiful summer weather, we all know what comes along with that, and that’s…. Thunderstorms. 

How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

  • 9 March 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 2132
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How to Protect Yourself from Flu Pandemics

As news breaks that the most recent flu, perhaps even pandemic, Coronavirus (COVID-19), is starting to spread around the globe, I can’t help but think how can we best keep ourselves, loved ones and workplace safe? 

Taking Safety Seriously at Home

  • 22 January 2020
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Taking Safety Seriously at Home

At Safety Ahead we don’t just focus on workplace safety, but we think about how safety effects and should be applied to all aspects of life – this includes pets and children.

With two dogs of my own and a little one on the way, now more than ever I have been thinking about the safety of my home. There are a lot of things to consider, so to help you ensure your home is safe for everyone living there, read on to uncover some great health and safety tips for the ones you love the most!

Holiday Safety

  • 16 December 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
  • Number of views: 2573
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Holiday Safety

‘Tis the season for shopping, feasting, parties and overindulgence. But as I check off my list of gifts and events in preparation for the holidays, I realized there are also many things to take into account when it comes to ensuring my family and friends stay safe over the season.

To help you stay safe over the holidays, we at Safety Ahead have compiled a list of our top hazards to take note of and avoid this time of year.

Contractor Compliance

  • 20 November 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Contractor Compliance

Working together and being able to provide the craft of a specific trade is what can truly make a job or project a successful and profitably one. But when it comes to the safety of multiple workers and trades on-site it got me thinking - who is truly responsible for what?

Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

  • 30 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Horror Isn’t Just on Halloween

Halloween is usually fondly thought of as a fun and spooky night for kids and kids at heart, and the thought of children’s safety is usually top of mind for parents and guardians alike – for good reason.

October 31st is actually one of the most dangerous days of the year when it comes to traffic and vehicle related accidents and fatalities. In fact, pedestrian deaths spike 43% on Halloween, making it more susceptible to a traffic fatality than any other night of the year – and children being the most at risk.

What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

  • 9 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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What Makes a Good Safety Advisor?

Every responsible workplace should have a Safety Advisor in place that is the keeper and go-to-person for everything safety. But what makes a good Safety Advisor? Your workplace Safety Advisor has been appointed with the responsibility of ensuring your workplace is one that is a healthy and safe environment for you to be in, along with providing all staff and contractors the basic knowledge and advice of where safety features and equipment can be found (such as fire extinguishers, eye-wash stations, AEDs, safety documents and more, what to do in an emergency and ensuring the workplace is kept up-to-date on hazard assessments and certifications.

National Fire Prevention

  • 3 October 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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National Fire Prevention

Did you know we are about to enter National Fire Prevention Week? National Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the second week of October in the United States and Canada, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. 

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Contractor Compliance

  • 20 November 2019
  • Author: Safety Ahead
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Contractor Compliance

Working together and being able to provide the craft of a specific trade is what can truly make a job or project a successful and profitably one. But when it comes to the safety of multiple workers and trades on-site it got me thinking - who is truly responsible for what?

When digging into this further I found out that every construction and oil and gas site must have a prime contractor whenever two or more employers engage in work at the same site, even if they are not working at the same time. In accordance with Alberta’s Occupations Health & Safety Legislation, when you take on the role of prime contractor, you become responsible for coordinating, organizing and overseeing the health and safety activities of multiple employers and self-employed persons, sub-contractors, on a single work site. This also means ensuring that your health and safety systems are being followed at all times.

Should an incident or accident occur, you as the prime contractor will be held directly responsible, which could mean costly consequences involving OH&S fines, or worse, an injured or even killed worker. Why this tends to be an issue can be summed in the words of our Safety Ahead President, Allan Head, “Many just don’t see how serious it is until it happens.” And if you think these safety issues are few and far between, you will probably be just as shocked as I was to hear that in Edmonton there are 6 serious incidents that occur on the job each day, according to OH&S!

I was also recently informed of a situation where a sub-contractor was working on-site at a construction build. Unfortunately, on this particular day the worker was using a saw that had been fitted with the wrong blade. In a rush to complete the work he continued cutting with it as is, but there was kick back and unable to react quick enough his finger was caught in the way of the blade. Safety systems were not followed and as a result a major accident occurred. In this case, the prime contractor is responsible for the health and safety of this sub-contractor – but safety is truly everyone’s responsibility. The worker should have followed the safety procedures put in place; other workers on-site could have reminded him or warned him of the danger; and spot checks of all equipment should have been done on a regular basis to help prevent or eliminate the hazard.

“Always evaluate your system to ensure it is implemented the way it needs to be,” states Allan Head. If you need assistance or direction in ensuring your safety program meets the needs of all employees on the job, connect with us at Safety Ahead to learn more about our complete Contractor Compliance Program. Reach out via info@safetyahead.ca or call 780-473-4772 today.

 

 

Cited: Alberta Occupational Health & Safety https://www.alberta.ca/occupational-health-safety.aspx

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