The Singing Plumber Rino DeRosa tried to blow the whistle on safety violations he says he saw inside Public Works.
Julie Ireton's documentary, The Singing Plumber
October 19th 2009 -- a catastrophic explosion shakes a plant that supplies heat to Parliament Hill and dozens of other government buildings in Ottawa.
A boiler inside the century-old, steam plant exploded. One man died... two men were injured. Public Works Government Services Canada admits it failed to provide the necessary health and safety training for the operation of the boiler; failed to adequately train supervisors and managers in health and safety issues; and failed to develop a program for the prevention of workplace hazards. Next month, it faces sentencing.
The case did not reveal the extent of safety concerns other employees have at the same federal department. CBC reporter Julie Ireton has been investigating. And what's emerged is a troubling picture of ongoing threats to the health and safety of people in some government buildings in Ottawa.
And her story begins with a man who - for more than a decade - tried to blow the whistle on safety violations he says he saw inside Public Works.
Julie Ireton's documentary is called The Singing Plumber.
We did ask the department of Public Works to respond to the issues addressed in Julie's documentary but a spokesperson told us because the matter of the boiler explosion is still before the courts...it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.
The broader concerns about systemic health and safety problems highlighted by Labour Canada's Bruce McKeigan were left unanswered.
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