August 12, 2013 - Nova Scotia has launched a penalty system focused on worker safety as part of its approach to get “tougher on employers who put workers at risk, and promote education and prevention for less serious infractions”.
August 9, 2013 - Ansell’s new HyFlex 11-200 Hi-Viz sleeve claims to combine exceptional comfort with ANSI level 3 cut performance and ANSI level 2 abrasion resistance for greater safety. The product’s visible fluorescent yellow colour also helps keep workers safe in environments with poor light or in applications where individuals work at a distance. The one-size HyFlex 11-200 sleeve provides an adjustable system in the forearm area and space in the upper arm area to help fit all workers. A fixing system prevents roll down by attaching the safety sleeve to the worker’s shirt.
July 25, 2013 - Capital Safety has redesigned its DBI-SALA EZ-Stop lanyard, boasting lighter, stronger and more durable qualities, along with Hi-10 energy management material, Repel webbing, and a soft cover with protected labels. “We consistently heard a request for innovative new lanyards that were not only more durable, but lighter and smaller. The new EZ-Stop is a unique product that meets those needs across industries,” says Jacob Shevik, soft goods product manager at Capital Safety. According to the company, the new Hi-10 shock pack is 66% smaller and 40% lighter than competing products, making it the smallest available shock pack in the world, it claims.
July 12, 2013 - Aurora Pictures has recently released two new safety awareness programs, Ladder Safety and Combustible Dust Awareness. The first is a 17-minute video, which details the hazards of working on a ladder and discusses how to select the right ladder for the job, inspect the ladder before use, how to transport and set up a ladder, and more. Combustible Dust Awareness is an 8-minute video that provides a general awareness of how combustible dust explosions are caused and what users can do to recognize and mitigate the possible hazards before it is too late. It includes a detailed explanation of what combustible dust is and what makes dust such a highly combustible fuel source. Both of these programs are available in DVD and streaming media formats.
July 4, 2013 - Safway Group has announced that Paul Amedee joined Safway’s safety team as vice president of safety, where he will lead the continued improvement and advancement of Safway’s safety systems and reporting tools and coordinate all safety-related administrative procedures. Indirectly, he will also be responsible for overseeing regional and branch safety personnel, as well as employee and customer safety-related training.
June 26, 2013 - Metro Paper Industries, an Ontario-based manufacturer of recycled paper products, has been fined $70,000 after a worker was severely injured by the blades of a machine.
June 24, 2013 - Pasta Quistini—a North York, Ont., business engaged in preparing and selling pastas, sauces and prepared foods to retailers, restaurants and industrial facilities—has been fined $120,000 after a worker became entangled in a machine and died. A supervisor was also fined $12,000.
May 25, 2013 - Peakworks says the T-Line Safety System facilitates both horizontal and vertical freedom for the user. The self-retracting and self-tensioning comes in two models: one that will span up to 40 ft and the XL version that will span up to 80. T-Line can be installed at a fraction of the cost of an engineered horizontal lifeline, boasts Peakworks, with shorter fall arrest distances while preventing the pendulum effect. It features an integrated rescue winch and lets you work around overhead obstructions. After a fall, the system can be serviced and reused. It is certified to EN 360 and ANSI Z359.1, and meets or exceeds CSA Z259.2.2.
May 8, 2013 - St. Marys Cement Inc. has been fined $75,000 and a supervisor fined $3000 for violations of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
April 30, 2013 - Safety equipment manufacturer MSA says wearers of V-Gard hard hats now have the option of wearing one in which the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is sourced entirely from sugarcane. Developed and manufactured by MSA in Brazil, the new MSA V-Gard GRN hard hat promises the same level of head protection, and is expected to attract customers who desire yet another way “to demonstrate their commitment to preserving the planet”. (Photo shows MSN V-Gard Protective Cap)