Article by Stephen Hunt, United Steelworkers
Big companies have to take responsibility for the fact that 'the safety infrastructure that once existed ... has eroded with the shift to contracting out;' today 'there is no coordinated safety system of prevention, inspection and supervision extending through the largest companies down to ... contractors and independent operators.'
These are all problems to which Steelworkers have alerted employers, government and the public. The auditor-general's recommendations represent an opportunity to rectify them.
We urge government and industry to adopt them immediately -- if for no other reason than that on the day before the report was released another Vancouver Island forest worker died on the job.