Week to recognize injury prevention

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May 3, 2016 6:00 AM

Lloydminster's Health, Safety and Wellness manager, Megan Coulter, speaks at the National Day of Mourning flag lowering ceremony at city hall last week alongside Lloydminster Mayor Rob Saunders, president of Lloydminster Construction Association, Cody Bexson, and program manager and owner of CanSafe Rob Munroe.

Every year on April 28, the City of Lloydminster recognizes the National Day of Mourning as a day to stop, reflect and remember those who have lost their lives or been injured on the job.
It’s also a day to reestablish awareness about workplace safety to help make sure all employees in all jobs go home at the end of the day.
“I think it’s highly important for the leadership of the city to be supporting of workplace safety, hosting events like this, and just maintaining that high level of respect for the workplace and individuals that are participating in it on a day-to-day basis,” said Mayor Rob Saunders at the flag lowering ceremony that took place at city hall.
Last year 125 people in Alberta died on the job, while in Saskatchewan the number was 32, with the reason for the gap simply because the amount of work happening in those provinces, as Alberta traditionally has more hazardous work going on at any given time.
Jennifer Keach, chair person for the Lakeland Regional Safety Committee, said statistically both numbers have dropped from previous years, so she thinks the trend remains the same between the two provinces.
Lloydminster has been observing the National Day of Mourning for at least three years that Saunders is aware of, but he said he figures the city has been observing it a little longer than that.
He also said safety is the number one priority for city workers and they use only the highest level of standards possible, as maintaining safety is the core value of its operations.
“We need to respect each other’s safety and make sure that we’re taking all precautions necessary to make sure that no one incurs a life threatening injury,” he said.
Rob Munroe, program manager/owner of CanSafe and vice chair of the Lakeland Regional Safety Committee, said both groups work hard to generate public awareness for workplace safety.
His main message is that workers should look out for each other so there are eyes viewing everything from all angles, that way no matter where potential danger comes from, everyone’s protected.
Employees should also be active in their own protection by learning about their environments and by standing up when they see fellow workers doing things that are dangerous.
“For myself, as a safety professional, I’ve been in the industry for a long time; if an event occurs where somebody is injured or worse, we go in, we investigate, we try to find out what happened and how it occurred, then try find out steps to prevent,” he said.
“But the difficulty is there is a huge loss there—not just the surface—there’s a family involved, there’s friends, there’s co-workers; so this is my commitment and the safety community’s commitment.”
The Day of Mourning kicked off the bigger North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week that has a list of events for people to take part in.
On May 6 a NAOSH barbecue will be held in the Lloydminster Construction Association parking lot and there will also be fire extinguisher training held at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre.
On May 14 Steps for Life will be held at Bud Miller All Seasons Park and next month the Treads for Life motorcycle run will be held on June 18 starting at Lethal Motor Sports.

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