Barrie Construction News staff writer
The Barrie Regional Labour-Management Health & Safety Committee (BRLMHSC) has issued a statement to “thank all those who supported and participated in the recent Fall Prevention Trade show; working together we were able to raise awareness of the importance of a safety culture in the construction industry and across all workplaces.”
“Attendees learned first-hand how the impact of a workplace tragedy irreparably alters the lives of those affected through our keynote speakers,” the committee reported. “We thank these speakers for their time, for candidly sharing their stories and for their commitment to effecting change in the workplace.
“We thank the Ministry of Labour (MOL) for sharing their vision of safe workplaces for all workers, to return home safely each and every day.”
Labour minister Linda Jeffrey reinforced this vision in her address to the attendees. MOL acting manager Randy Cooper stressed the need for compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and provided details of the upcoming slips, trips and falls inspection blitz. “With an emphasis on prevention, MOL inspectors were on hand to answer questions and provide training material to assist employers and supervisors in fulfilling their responsibilities,” the committee reported.
“Numerous tradeshow booths with hands-on demonstrations, training resources and fall prevention merchandise offered practical and innovative solutions for hazard prevention and control on the front lines.
The BRLMHSC thanked participating companies for supplying giveaways/door prizes and for donating their time and expertise: Action First Aid Inc., Betaguard, Capital Safety, Construction Workplace Safety Training, CRS-Contractors Rental Supply, Etobicoke Ironworks Ltd., Featherlite High Work, Honeywell Safety Products (Miller North), Industrial Safety Trainers, Infrastructure Health and Safety Association, Kee Safety, Leader Industries, Northern Safety Barrie, Portable Pipe Hangers Inc., Safety Design Strategies (SDS), Threads of Life, Workers’ Health and Safety Centre.
Several businesses and organizations, shown in the image with this story, sponsored the event.
“The BRLMHSC would also like to express a heart-felt thank you to all of the volunteers who worked diligently to ensure the success of this event and to all attendees who took the time out of their personal lives to stand up and prove their commitment to workplace safety,” the committee said in its statement.