Safety saves lives
Every year on April 28 we remember and pay our respects to the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered an illness as a result of work-related incidents.
Statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada tell us that in 2015, 852 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada. Among those who perished were four young workers aged 15 to 19, and 11 workers aged 20 to 24.
These numbers are heartbreaking and completely avoidable. Every worker should receive the proper training required to perform their work safely, allowing them to make it home safe and sound each and every night.
I recently heard of a young person who was injured as a result of a lack of training and supervision — a story all-too-familiar.
At the time of his accident, this young man did not have working at heights training nor was he registered as an apprentice. He was working alone in the evening when he removed his harness to crawl through a false ceiling, causing him to fall nearly 40 feet. His jaw, forehead and eye socket were crushed and it’s possible that he will lose sight in his left eye.
This is why it’s the law in Ontario that apprentices hold a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) and are members of the Ontario College of Trades — it ensures they are equipped with the right tools to have safe and rewarding careers in the skilled trades.
On behalf of the Ontario College of Trades, I would like to thank tradespeople for their commitment and service to all Ontarians and take the time to remember the thousands of workers, and their families, who have been impacted by work-related incidents. David Tsubouchi Registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Trades