Occupational Health Safety a joke
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?