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Monday, 11 May 2015 06:29

The Cost of Unsafe Work Conditions

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April 28th is the National Day of Mourning in Canada. The Day honours the memory of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered an illness as a result of a work-related incident.

A recent Bulletin by the BCNU (B.C. Nurses Union) states …

In BC there were 175 fatalities in 2014, up from the 128 in 2013.  That is more than 3 people each week who lost their lives while doing their job. 


Health Care is Not an Exception

  • WorkSafeBC accepted 14,446 health care claims in 2014
  •  In 2014, WorkSafe BC accepted 487 health care workers permanent disability claims due to injury or occupational disease
  •  From 2005 – 2014, WorkSafeBC has reported 26 deaths among healthcare professionals
  •  In 2014 – three healthcare workers died from work-related causes

In 1983 I took my first course on Occupational Health & Safety, learning to be a Worker Representative. Working in a unionized facility I quickly discovered that there can be a polarization between Management and the Unions, in some organizations when it comes to how occupational health & safety issues are viewed.

As I became more aware of risk identification and assessment I quickly developed the belief that health and safety hazards showed no favoritism when it came to risk level. An unsafe situation was just as unsafe to a manager as it was a worker. Both were at risk, hence both play a part in working towards a solution.

As a Worker Representative for several unions I have served as a member of several Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committees. One was quite dysfunctional and conflict laden, another proactive and effective.

I don’t believe that we should be leaving our health and safety in the hands of our employers or our worker representatives. If we are to have health and safe worksites it behooves all of us to make sure that happens. Everyone deserves to come home safe at the end of their work day.

On April 28th I urge you to not only give thought to those that have been injured or have lost their life as part of their job but to look around your own particular worksite and see what difference you can make to make it safer and healthier.

As Red Greene used to say on his television show “We’re all in this together … “

Something to think about …


Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 27+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the personal/professional self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

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