Sunday December 03, 2017
Are employers getting away with too many injuries and deaths on the job?
Sunday on Cross Country Checkup: Workplace safety
One worker dies on the job, on average, nearly every day in Canada.
In the past month, a contract worker in the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alta., died when he was buried while digging a trench. A subway-track maintenance worker with the Toronto Transit Commission died after he was pinned between two vehicles. Three workers died in an ammonia leak at a B.C. hockey arena.
They may sound like isolated incidents scattered across the country. But add cancers and long-term illnesses developed in workplaces and 850 workers died last year in Canada.
After a CBC News investigation this week, many are asking whether employers pay a high enough price when workers are killed on the job.
The investigation revealed few employers end up behind bars for violating worker safety laws and rarely face maximum penalties. The average fine imposed on employers after a workplace fatality is $97,000 dollars.
Do negligent employers face enough punishment for unsafe workplaces?
What kind of pressures are workers feeling? Have you ever been in a workplace where workers felt they had no choice but to get the job done even if it wasn't safe?
Employers are obliged to make work sites safe and numbers of workplace deaths have been dropping since the 1980s. Is there enough training and safety education in your workplace or are people cutting corners that lead to accidents?
Our question today: "Are employers getting away with too many injuries and deaths on the job?"
Reporter with CBC's investigative unit
District Director of the Western provinces and the territories for the United Steel Workers
Lawyer specialising in workplace health and safety, partner at Pit Blado in Winnipeg
Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa
- Penalties when workers die on the job don't go far enough, say labour groups, families
- 'The ultimate human price': How workplace deaths haunt 7 Canadian families
- Alberta hits employers with heaviest fines in the country when someone dies on the job
- Death on the job: Fatal N.L. workplace accident convictions result in fines, but no jail time
- 'I feel so let down by Canada': Radiohead and drum tech's parents demand answers in his Toronto death
- Workplace safety by the numbers - 2014
- B.C. companies pay lowest median fines in Canada for workplace deaths, CBC analysis finds
- He's among hundreds of workers who die every year, but few bosses are jailed for it
- Westray was a watershed for worker safety. Then why do so many still die on the job?
- Mom whose son died at work wants mandatory job safety course in high school
- Low fines and no jail time when a worker is killed in Manitoba
- Supervisor jailed, company fined, in death of Edmonton worker
- Companies, individuals fined for worker death in Labrador welding explosion
- Video - The National: Radiohead stage collapse death to be subject of inquest
- 'Into the ground like a whack-a-mole': Survivor of Radiohead stage collapse angry at lack of answers
The Globe and Mail
- 'We're not seeing the truth': Inside the hidden dangers of the Canadian workplace
- Statistics Canada looks to close data gap on workplace deaths, injuries
- Investigation: It can now be called the deadliest industry in Canada
Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada