On National Day of Mourning, Murphy highlights health and safety

NDP Workplace Health & Safety critic George Murphy

The NDP critic for the Workplace Health and Safety observed the April 28 National Day of Mourning by highlighting some of the ongoing provincial concerns about workplace health and safety. George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) says the stop work order at Muskrat Falls for safety reasons is a reminder that Labrador’s industrial sites need regular and frequent inspection to protect workers.

“But Labrador West has had no OHS Officer for several years. Flying people in and out is not good enough,” he said during Question Period.

“I ask the Minister, can he tell us when the two OHS vacancies in Labrador West will be filled?”

Murphy says that getting justice for workers is often a long struggle, particularly when they are stricken with work-related disease. Occupational cancers among firefighters, for example, are recognized and covered by workers’ compensation in other provinces.

“Here in Newfoundland and Labrador two statutory reviews have called for these cancers to be covered, but there has been no movement by Government,” says Murphy.

“When will firefighters be covered for the cancers they are getting on the job?”

The NDP MHA also cites the Labrador West Medical Audit, related to silica dust, which took a long time both to get started and then to be completed.

He expressed hope that the Labrador West Medical Audit is still on track for being completed by the end of this year.

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