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Two Edmonton firms charged for exposing employees to asbestos

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by Journal Of Commerce

Two Edmonton-based companies have been charged by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for allegedly exposing employees to material containing asbestos.

Two Edmonton-based companies have been charged by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) for allegedly exposing employees to material containing asbestos.

According to an OH&S report, a labourer fell from a second storey mezzanine onto a pile of scrap metal at an Edmonton worksite on Aug. 15, 2008.

The worker sustained multiple broken bones and body trauma.

An OH&S investigation of the site revealed that workers, employed by Eco-Industrial Park Inc. and Canadian Consolidated Salvage Ltd. and Diversified Staffing Services Ltd., were also exposed to asbestos.

Eco-Industrial Park Inc., the owner of the worksite, has been charged with six counts under the OH&S Code for failing to ensure the injured worker’s safety and failing to ensure the health of all the workers in regards to asbestos. Canadian Consolidated Salvage Ltd. faces nine counts under the provincial code, including failing to assess a workplace for hazards, failing to establish an emergency response plan, failing to prevent a fall through barriers or other means, and failing to keep a workplace free of material that could cause a worker to trip or slip.

Charges were laid on Aug 13 and the companies are scheduled to appear in Edmonton provincial court on Nov. 5.

RCMP start crackdown in construction zones

Vancouver Island police have carried out an undercover operation to enforce speed limits on Highway 17 in an effort to increase the safety of workers and flaggers in construction zones.

“A police officer dressed in plain clothes and a construction safety vest was monitoring north bound traffic in the posted construction zone, while utilizing a laser speed monitoring device,” said an RCMP press release. .

According to the release, 48 violation tickets were issued in a three hour period.

The fastest recorded speed was 125km/h in a posted 60 km/h construction zone.

The operation was part of a push to increase safety for workers and flaggers on road construction projects.

Traffic control people in B.C. recently formed their own association and are engaged in discussions with local police in an effort to increase safety in construction zones.

In a meeting with the RCMP, the flaggers asked the RCMP to undertake a counterattack type of safety blitz.

JOC News Service

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