Workplace Safety

St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

The National Day of Mourning, first created by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 and now observed in 100 countries around the world, serves as a reminder that workplaces continue to be dangerous, even as steady advances are made in legislation to protect workers.

 
St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

The Come by Chance oil refinery laid off more than 100 workers last week; concerns about the implications of the layoffs, including health and safety and issues arising from the reduced staffing levels, are swirling. Today the NDP Caucus brought some of those questions to the House of Assembly, looking for some sign that government is taking the issues seriously.

 
NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) wants to know what government has to say about an industrial accident at the Muskrat Falls site near midnight Sunday. A concrete spill resulting from a collapsed framework saw seven workers in need of first aid treatment; one was sent to hospital.

 
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.

 

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