Oc­cu­pa­tional Health Safety a joke

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear ed­i­tor,

I read an ar­ti­cle in The Com­pass: Is to­day the day you die at work?

I have a few com­ments about this sub­ject, be­ing a re­tired mil­i­tary fire­fighter-in­spec­tor.

Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety (OHS) in this prov­ince is noth­ing short of be­ing use­less.

I am a grader on the wharves in and around Port de Grave. There is a wharf I used to work at, which to­tally ig­nored work­place safety. Propane tanks were il­le­gally stored, with work­ers smok­ing near or even sit­ting on th­ese tanks. Lighting was poor, and there was poor main­te­nance on all their fork­lifts.

Some­one placed a call to OHS (Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety) and placed a com­plaint. The man­ager of this plant in­formed my boss that I was not al­lowed on this wharf again to work, even though I was not the one who placed the call.

I went to OHS, and the Labour Board. They all tell me this com­pany is not union, they are a pri­vate com­pany and noth­ing can be done.

I was try­ing to get back down on that wharf last year. I was threat­ened by man­age­ment and the first thing I saw as I walked onto that wharf af­ter a year went by was a propane tank out with a kid sit­ting next to it smok­ing.

Now tell me how se­ri­ous do th­ese pri­vate com­pa­nies take work­place safety.

To this day OHS tells me all work­ers must wear hel­mets, vests and safety boots. But that is far from what is hap­pen­ing.

When OHS was called about the prob­lems on that wharf the prob­lems were quite ev­i­dent in years past. Why were they not picked up then?

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