Below are summaries of selected work-related serious injuries and incidents recently reported to Alberta OHS. Each incident resulted in a worker being admitted to hospital.
Use these incidents as a way to start health and safety conversations in your workplace.
Struck by gate -- A worker was loading cattle through a gate and into a trailer when one of the cows kicked the gate. The gate swung and struck the worker in the head. Agriculture and forestry.
Caught in drill -- A worker was operating a drill when their glove got pulled into the machine, injuring the worker’s hand. Mining and petroleum development.
Ankle injuries -- A worker made contact with the moving track of a skid steer resulting in an injury to their ankle. Construction and construction trades.
Have a great week and keep it safe! Jodi
Everyone welcomes Spring, but it is important to monitor and be aware of unique hazards during Spring, and have programs and controls in place for these hazards.
- Unpredictable weather. This can include freezing rain or slippery conditions especially in the evenings, overnight or mornings. Outdoor workers should be aware of this and have controls in place to guard against slips and falls.
- Spring thaw and water levels. Work places should guard against standing water hazards, and be prepared especially around entries and exits for staff and visitors.
- Slips, trips and falls. Scan parking lots for fall hazards, ensure entry and exists are clear and not frozen over and those businesses with retail traffic must take extra pre-caution for customers.
- Sun hazards. The sun in April is no safer than the sun July, so have a sun exposure policy in place for outdoor workers, and be sure to practice good hazard control habits such as breaks, water, and shade.