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When tragedy strikes in the workplace, is it enough for governments to enact legislation and policies to discourage further injuries and fatalities? Or is a wider cultural change what’s really needed? Both are important, according to occupational health and safety experts, and it’s the culture part that can be the hardest. A recent CBC report […]

During an Ontario winter, ice and snow come with the territory–injuries don’t need to. In today’s post, we’re talking about some of the most common winter injuries and how you can take steps to avoid injury to yourself and others. Sport & Recreation-Related: Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, playing hockey or skating, always remember to […]

What comes to mind when you imagine dangerous jobs? Policing or firefighting, or perhaps heavy industrial factory work? What about elementary school teacher? Or farmer? Over the past few months, Ontario researchers, worker advocates and unions have been raising awareness about the unexpected dangers of certain workplaces. Elementary Schools Facing the Facts: The Escalating Crisis […]

Most people rejoice at the annual setting back of the clocks: the extra hour of sleep is a most welcome bonus at a time of year that’s beginning to get dark and dreary. Research shows there’s a noticeable spike in motor vehicle collisions after we “spring forward” early in the year, a fact that makes […]

ATVs (also known as quads or off-road vehicles) are a popular recreation and transportation option in Ontario, and with the leaves changing colour and hunting season in full swing, fall is a favourite season for many ATV riders. Like snowmobiling, ATVing has many enthusiasts, most of who play it safe and respect the rules of […]

Halloween is tomorrow, and popular advice tends to be focused on how children can keep themselves safe while trick-or-treating: being visible by using lots of reflective tape and flashlights, choosing face paint rather than masks or hoods, making sure costumes aren’t tripping hazards, and being extra careful when crossing the street. This is all good […]

To resolve the pressing problems of occupational disease and the difficulty sick workers have in getting compensation, one expert says that latest WSIB review won’t cut it. Jim Brophy is an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor who has been studying occupational disease for more than 30 years. In a recent interview with the […]

A new survey on distracted driving from Desjardins Group reveals some disturbing statistics about this country’s drivers and their actions behind the wheel. The online survey done this past March asked 3,050 Canadian respondents about many aspects of distracted driving, including how often people drive distracted themselves, see others distracted at the wheel, what they’re […]

Imagine you are hurt on the job, so seriously that you can’t return to your previous work because you now have a permanent disability. Worker’s compensation is supposed to be there to give you income security. But in reality, what often happens is that WSIB chooses a new job it says you “should be able” […]

A new documentary released earlier this month takes an intimate look at what happens when seriously ill former workers try to get justice for the suffering they believe was caused by the very company that sustained their city for generations. “Together with other workers and widows, these advocates are seeking justice and challenging a system […]