INDEPTH: WORKPLACE SAFETY|
CBC News Online | April 29, 2006
Dying for a job, is the result of three years of research. Journalists with CBC's Investigative Unit navigated freedom of information laws and negotiated for data from workplace safety insurance boards across Canada. The work allowed us to help track top national trends in the workplace of today.
This is the first time a Canadian media company has investigated workplace safety issues by analyzing Canada’s own data on a national level.
April 24, 2006
A CBC News investigation reveals that health-care and social-assistance workers are much more likely to file compensation claims over violence in the workplace than employees in other Canadian sectors.
Audio: David McKie for World Report (Runs 1:41)
Audio: David McKie for World Report (Runs 2:19)
Fear and violence aren't the only dangers at work. Dysfunctional workplaces can also lead to stress-related health issues.
Audio: Frank Koller for World Report (Runs 1:34)
Seven years ago, four men were killed while working at the public transit company in Ottawa. They were shot by a former co-worker, who then turned the gun on himself. The shooting horrified the country, and the inquest into it revealed a workplace poisoned by bullying. CBC News has obtained reports that show the bus company is still a troubled place to work.
Audio: Karina Roman reports for The World at Six (Runs 6:43)
April 25, 2006
Strain injuries of all kinds account for more than half the time-loss claims that workers file to provincial compensation boards.
Most workers are forced to take time off to recuperate - or have to be reassigned. For others, the choice is less clearcut.
Audio: Jack Julian for World Report (Runs 1:45)
Audio: Jack Julian for World Report (Runs 1:48)
Audio: The World at Six's David McKie has the story of an Edmonton bus driver who has no choice but to stick with a job that's hurting her. (Runs 3:39)
April 26, 2006:
Over the last 10 years, an increasing number of Canadians have been dying on the job. Many of the deaths are in industries such as construction and manufacturing.
The Current's Bob Murphy has this story of one family behind the statistics.
Audio: World Report (Runs 2:01)
Audio: A death in Englishtown, part one of a documentary for The Current. [Runs 23:57]
Audio: A death in Englishtown, part two of a documentary for The Current [Runs 24:34]
The number of workers dying in mines, construction sites and factories in Canada has risen over the past ten years. When a coroner's jury investigates, its recommendations often wind up sitting on the shelf. But an ambitious group of volunteers has a plan to bring those recommendations to light and save lives.
Audio: David McKie for World at Six (Runs 4:31)
April 28, 2006
Most people now know of the dangers of asbestos. But for years, asbestos was commonly used in construction and manufacturing. Now, asbestos-related diseases are a major issue for worker compensation boards across the country.
Audio: Alison Myers for World Report (Runs 1:36)
Audio: Alison Myers for World Report (Runs 1:39)
Bob Murphy, of CBC Radio's Information Morning in Halifax, tells the story of George Cheverie and his battle with asbestosis - and the prevalence of the disease today.
Audio: (Runs 8:40)
April 29, 2006
CBC looks at how an asbestos-related disease has affected one family in her documentary 'A long goodbye.'
Audio: Alison Myers reports. (Runs 10:50)
Audio: David McKie takes a closer looks at David Bland, a mental health worker stabbed to death at his workplace. (Runs 10:03)
Two members of parliament are calling on the federal government to stop playing a supporting role for the industry in Canada. Ottawa has organized trade missions and international conferences to promote the safe and responsible use of Canadian asbestos. Much of the asbestos produced in Canada is exported to developing countries. Alison Myers reports.
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