Safe Supervisor Newsletter June 2017
New Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations
According to Transport Canada, commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in Canada due to the conditions in which fishing vessels are operated (type of voyage, weather, etc.). But the regulations governing fishing vessels are more than 40 years old and haven’t kept pace with industry best practices and technological developments. At least until now. Starting July 13, 2017, new fishing vessel safety regulations are set to go into effect.
A Heat Stress Tragedy: The Tale of Anthony Dalton
Heat illness is dangerous. But it doesn’t strike without warning. There are usually signs and symptoms associated with the various forms of heat illness–heat cramps, heat exhaustion and, most dangerous of all, heat stroke (referred to collectively as “heat stress” going forward). The problem is, supervisors and workers aren’t always attuned to these signs. As a result, they lose the chance to help themselves or their co-workers. Or, they do something to make the situation worse—like drink a couple of cans of beer when they’re feeling fatigued and overheated