Canadian Occupational Safety

April/May 2017

Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine is the premier workplace health and safety publication in Canada. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from office to heavy industry, and from general safety management to specific workplace hazards.

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APRIL/MAY 2017 3 Contents of Canadian Occupational Safety are copyright © 2017 Thomson Reuters Canada Limited and may not be reproduced in whole or part without written consent. Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd. disclaims any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or currency of the contents of this publication and disclaims all liability in respect of the results of any action taken or not taken in reliance upon information in this publication. HST/GST # 89717 6350 RT0002 QST # 1019064405 TQ0005 Canada Post – Canadian Publications Mail Product Sales Agreement 40065782 International Standard Serial Number 0008-4611. The publishers accept no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, colour transparencies or other materials. Manuscripts or other materials must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Canadian Occupational Safety is published six times yearly by Thomson Reuters Canada Limited, 2075 Kennedy Road, Toronto, ON M1T 3V4 Telephone 416-649-9926 Fax 416-609-5840; Issue dates are February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September, October/November, December/January. Subscription price: Canada: $64 including tax ($59.84 + $4.16 GST); US: $64,International: $96 Canadian Occupational Safety makes every effort to ensure accuracy in all items reported, but cannot accept responsibility for the representations or claims made by sources used. Cancer coverage for fi refi ghters The British Columbia government has expanded its Workers' Compensation Act to add presumptions for breast cancer, prostate cancer and multiple myeloma as occupational diseases for fi refi ghters. Both career and volunteer fi refi ghters will be covered. refi ghters Safety Leader of the Year The nationwide search for the most outstanding safety professional is on. The winner will attend the Canada's Safest Employers gala on Oct. 24 in Toronto, grace the cover of the December/January issue of COS and star in a video. Nominations close July 6. Readers' Choice Vote now for your favourite PPE suppliers, consultants, trainers, educational programs and more. Enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Voting closes April 28. The winners will be revealed in the August/ September issue. Follow us: Join our group: Canadian Occupational Safety Culture Shock Shawn Galloway, president of ProAct Safety, presents a monthly video on safety culture. Watch the latest video about creating effective and attention- grabbing safety messages. Responding to a fatality Do you have a plan in place if the worst were to happen in your organization? John Illingworth, partner at Gowling WLG, explains how to properly respond to and investigate a death in the workplace. DIRECTOR, MEDIA SOLUTIONS, CANADA Karen Lorimer (416) 649-9411 PUBLISHER Todd Humber 416-298-5196 EDITOR Amanda Silliker 416-649-9502 ASSISTANT EDITOR - VIDEOGRAPHER Alexia Kapralos ART DIRECTOR Steve Maver PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR Pamela Menezes 416-649-9298 SALES MANAGER Paul Burton 416-649-9928 MANAGER, MEDIA PRODUCTION Lisa Drummond MARKETING MANAGER Robert Symes CIRCULATION CO-ORDINATOR Keith Fulford 416-649-9585 COLUMNISTS Legal Cheryl A. Edwards and Norm Keith Professional Development Glyn Jones Safety Culture Dave Fennell CUSTOMER SERVICE Tel. 416-609-3800 (Toronto)/ 1-800-387-5164 (outside Toronto) Fax 416-298-5082 (Toronto)/ 1-877-750-9041 (outside Toronto) CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY'S EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Dave Gouthro, CRSP, CHSC, CHSO Occupational Health & Safety Consulting David Johnston, CRSP Director, EHS, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd. Eldeen Pozniak, CHSC, CHSMSA, CRSP, Director, Pozniak Safety Associates Inc. Guy Chenard, CRSP, C.E.T. Safety Consultant Carolyn Wisdom, CIH, CRSP Owner, Wisdom Consultants Ron Saunders Director of Knowledge Transfer & Exchange Institute for Work & Health AMANDA SILLIKER FROM THE EDITOR More videos at visit us online THOMSON REUTERS CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY ON NOW ONLINE EXCLUSIVES LATEST VIDEOS Printed in Moving on up I t's not until you are writing an article about tower climbers that you start to notice how many towers there actually are. They're everywhere. What previously blended into the background the same as buildings, clouds and electrical poles now stand out to me everywhere I go. I can't help but see them and wonder if the work- ers are wearing fall protection, using RF monitors or adorned with glow sticks at night (learn more on page 16). Here in Canada, it's likely tower climbers are behaving safely; a marked difference from their colleagues in the United States. I watched the PBS Frontline documentary Cell Tower Deaths in research for this month's cover story and it was devastating to see how dangerous this job is south of the border. Tower climbing has been called the most dangerous job in America, with the number of communication tower fatalities peaking at 13 in 2013. This remained fairly consistent at 12 fatalities for 2014 but dropped to eight in 2015, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). I assumed this high number of fatalities would be the case in Canada as well, but I was pleasantly proven wrong. Only two tower climbers have died in the past decade, according to the Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) in Ottawa. But I can't help but contemplate the pressures on these workers as telecommunica- tions companies have been operating at breakneck speed to erect towers over the past decade or so. It must be hugely competitive and workers have to be feeling the pinch to get jobs done. In industries that are crunched like this, the ability to keep workplace safety at the forefront is certainly an accomplishment and a testament to hard-working safety professionals. When it comes to hiring practices, safety managers need to get comfortable working with human resources professionals to ensure they are choosing candidates who are physically fi t for the job (see page 24). The research is overwhelmingly in favour of functional fi tness evaluations in preventing workplace injuries. Completed on a conditional offer of employment, these tests evaluate a candidate's ability to complete the necessary tasks of a job. If an individual is unfi t to work in your company, you not only want to save the company from all the costs associated with an injury, but, of course, the candidate doesn't want to get injured either. It's a win-win and something all employers with heavy jobs should consider. It's that time of year again. We are searching far and wide for the most exemplary companies for our Canada's Safest Employers awards. No matter what industry you're in, if you think your company is raising the bar for health and safety, nominate it at You have until June 1 to tell us why your organiza- tion deserves to win. I am also looking for the next Safety Leader of the Year. This is one of my favourite awards because I love having the ability to showcase outstanding safety professionals. You can nominate anyone at all who is a safety profes- sional — within your own company or not. Visit to nominate a deserving individual by July 6. We are also excited to announce the second year of our Readers' Choice awards. Head to readerschoice2017 by April 28 to vote for your favourite PPE suppliers, educational institutions, consultants, train- ers, safety technologies and more. We want to hear what companies help you keep your workers safe on the job. Amanda Silliker, Editor

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