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  • A Workplace Safety course offered in 36 high schools across Newfoundland and Labrador will include free first aid/CPR training. The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) created the initiative to help students develop a positive attitude toward health and safety, both on and off the job. Students who complete the course will enter the workforce as a worker health and safety representative, with WHMIS and first aid/CPR certifications.
  • Alex Keaveny, a Halifax Crown attorney, will join the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service as a resource to investigators in occupational health and safety cases. The province will also hire additional safety division inspectors and engineers, along with creating a division focused on education and compliance. Labour Minister Kelly Regan hopes the measures will help achieve justice in workplace death cases.
  • A Manitoba-based welding and fabrication company is facing a dozen charges under the Workplace Safety and Health Act. A fatal accident occurred two years ago when a steel catwalk panel fell on 22 year old Dale Jerome. The allegations claim failure to provide adequate protection, equipment, training, and supervision.
  • In an unprecedented decision, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal declared a provision in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act unconstitutional. The provision states that employees suffering from chronic mental stress, unlike employees who have suffered physical injury, are denied access to workers’ compensation benefits. It has been said that the Ontario government will likely challenge the ruling in the Divisional Court.

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