Monday, April 14, 2008

History of worker safety on display

read full article: Victoria Times Colonist
Last year there were six young workers killed on the job, a drop from the 12 deaths reported in both 2005 and 2006.

The construction sector had the most fatalities last year with 24.

The transportation sector reported 17.

The Steelworkers hall, 351 Brae Rd. in Duncan, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. April 28 with a Day of Mourning ceremony set for 11 a.m.
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CLC/CTC Day of Mourning Statement 2008

1 comment:

Matt Noyes said...

Safety vs. Speedup.

I once had the chance to tour a Japanese slaughterhouse with a couple of US slaughterhouse workers. They said the conditions in the Japanese plant were like paradise -- slower, quieter, and, interestingly, less safety equipment.

Turns out, the heavy gloves coats, boots and the rest of the safety equipment in a US slaughterhouse is really intended to ensure that workers work faster -- it's more like speed-up equipment than safety equipment.