Remember: “As an employer, you have the same duty to ensure the safety of your employees when they are behind the wheel driving for work as when they are in the office, on the shop floor or on a construction site.” – Road Safety at Work Alliance.
Chances are, you’ve heard how important it is to “call before you dig” – but it’s just as important to “call before you clear” when working with sewer lines.
Simply put, professional drivers have to be more careful than other people on the road. Canadian law holds them to a higher standard of care for driving safely.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace deaths in BC. Every year, 23 people die in a workplace motor vehicle crash and another 1,290 workers are injured.
A new tool kit is available online for smaller employers to build awareness of keeping people as safe as they can be at the roadside.
An employer must reassess first aid requirements “whenever a significant change affecting the assessment occurs in the employer’s operations” – which happens all the time in the film industry.
The prime contractor at a worksite is responsible for the safety of all workers and people on the site. This is especially important on construction sites, where there are often workers from several different trades working simultaneously.
The online First Aid Training Providers list, most recently updated December 2014, is a valuable resource for BC workers and employers who need to find service in their communities.
If the worker has an accident, and the employer knew (or even encouraged) the use of handheld devices, the employer can also be held at fault.