Thursday, May 22, 2008

UBCJA overrides rejected contract in Alberta and signs a concessionary agreement behind closed doors.

Representative democracy at work - duh! just more reasons for Canadian autonomy. Click the images to read this typical McCarron shit: to collect air miles secretly sign a new contract and kill the double time to match the non-union and un-union CLAC-heads in the Oil Patch. The UBCJA theory is that if more Local 1325 members had voted they would have voted FOR the agreement so it wasn't really a real vote but a protest vote, so Lets' Make a Deal with the company.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Asbestos exposure will kill 300 British Columbia workers a year: survey

Asbestos exposure will kill 300 workers a year: survey - By Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun via Doctor Petersen at Mesothelioma Information
“A lot of the cases go undiagnosed. If a worker is a smoker and doesn’t indicate they’ve been exposed to asbestos, there’s no reason for the doctor to suspect it.

“This is a serious epidemic and it won’t be going away very quickly, especially if the federal government and Quebec continue [allowing] it to be mined.

“We know that many mesothelioma fatalities are not recorded in the statistics, nor are many lung cancer cases that are caused by asbestos exposure,” Peppard said. “This carnage from asbestos related fatalities is disastrous for those workers and their families.”

The 60-year-old Peppard, himself a plumber for 37 years, is now being tested for possible disease caused by his lengthy exposure to asbestos.

“I’m starting to lose my breath, so I’m a little concerned,” he said. “I’m getting tested now. I can remember pulling asbestos off boilers and pipes. I went home coughing the stuff up.”

He said asbestos is still used in B.C., including in some house siding products, and roofing and paving materials.

Monday, May 19, 2008

British Columbia Looks to Protect Young Workers

read article at: DAILYINSURER
“We provide a three-week orientation training program for all of our new workers and one of the most important aspects of the training is safety,” said Roger Lussier, operations manager with Harris Rebar – a steel reinforcing firm featured in the video. “We provide our first-year workers with bright coloured hard hats so everyone knows to take an extra look and ensure they are being safe.”

Friday, May 09, 2008

B.C.'s oilpatch is the most dangerous place to work: WorkSafeBC

read full article at Vancouver Sun
Over the five years, there were 92 serious injury claims accepted, which represent six per cent of claims in the industry, as compared to just two per cent for all industries combined.
The industry recorded 35 fatal claims between 2002 and 2006.

According to the survey, oilpatch jobs with the highest number of claims included oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers, truck drivers, floorman/woman for oil and gas wells, and oil & gas well drilling workers.

The three most common types of accidents are struck by object (16 per cent), overexertion (15 per cent), and falling (11 per cent).