Health & Safety News
3 June 2013
Registry of the Former Workers of the Baie Verte Asbestos Mine - Final Report
The Baie Verte Miners Registry Project was initiated to collect data on the work history and health history of former workers at the Baie Verte asbestos mine site.
29 May 2013
Ontario Ministry of Labour
Essar Steel Algoma Fined $250,000 Total After Workers Injured
Essar Steel Algoma Ltd., a manufacturer of steel products, was fined $250,000 total for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after workers were injured.
11 October 2012
Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
A federal government panel offers an opportunity for input on successful approaches to recruiting, retaining and accommodating workers with disabilities.
11 October 2012
Steelworkers Support Better Return-to-Work Outcomes for Injured/Disabled Workers
The USW has signed a licence agreement with an international council to help workers and workplaces achieve better return-to-work outcomes for injured workers and workers with disabilities.
3 July 2012
B.C. Sawmills Warned About Dangers of Dust Before Deadly Explosions
Sawmills in B.C.’s Interior were warned wood dust was an explosive risk before two deadly sawmill explosions earlier this year, in which wood dust is suspected as a factor.
14 May 2012
CLC Releases Guide for Investigating Corporate Negligence in the Workplace
On the 20th anniversary of the deadly Westray explosion that killed 26 miners in Nova Scotia, the Canadian Labour Congress has released a guide for investigating corporate criminal negligence in the workplace.
6 May 2012
The Legacy of Westray on CBC Radio
May 9 marks the 20th anniversary of the Westray Coal Mine disaster. CBC Radio's popular program The Sunday Edition includes a segment on the tragic mine explosion and the USW's campaign to have the legislation that resulted enforced.
30 April 2012
Hundreds gather to pay respects to fallen workers
The message to the hundreds crammed into Hamilton City Hall council chambers for the Day of Mourning was clear: no matter how deep the grief or how shocking the loss, the numbers of workers who die or are injured on the job continues.
20 April 2012
Day of Mourning 2012
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, a day to remember workers killed, injured or made ill by their work. This is a day to reflect on the past, remember what's happened and honour those who sacrificed there lives.
19 April 2012
Honouring Westray, 20th Anniversary Commemoration
On May 9th, 2012 we honour the memory of the 26 miners who lost their lives in the Westray mine explosion twenty years ago. Letter from Ken Neumann inviting USW locals to participate.
18 April 2012
20th Anniversary Westray Commemoration Events
May 9th, 2012 at 5:18 a.m., marks the 20th Anniversary of the Westray Mine explosion. To commemorate this day, the Westray Families' Group and the United Steelworkers have planned several events to take place in Stellarton, Nova Scotia.
15 March 2012
2012 USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference
The USW Health, Safety and Environment Conference was held March 5-9, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
29 February 2012
Double Fatality at Vale Mine Could Have Been Avoided
USW releases its investigative report into the 2011 double fatality at Vale’s Stobie Mine in Sudbury. The USW calls for the Ontario government to consider criminal charges against Vale for the deaths of Jason Chenier and Jordan Fram.
28 June 2011
Help Build the First ‘University for Workplace Health Sciences'
Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is the only university of its type in the world.
12 April 2011
Day of Mourning - Letter from Ken Neumann
April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, in remembrance of those who have been killed and injured at work. As union activists who have played such an important role in improving health and safety in the workplace, we must take time to reflect.
10 December 2010
USW National Health, Safety and Environment Conference 2011
Our National Health, Safety and Environment Conference was held in April 2011.
9 December 2010
Improved Health and Safety Regulations for Newfoundland and Labrador
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador amended the occupational health and safety regulations, which is expected to improve the regulatory conditions under which employers and employees work.
9 December 2010
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario Announces Funding Review
Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is moving forward with a Funding Review, to gather expert advice and input from workers, labour and employers on a range of public policy issues relating to the WSIB’s financial future.
9 December 2010
USW makes recommendations to Expert Advisory Panel on Health and Safety system in Ontario
Labour Minister Peter Fonseca announced a review of the province’s occupational health and safety system, after four migrant construction workers fell 13 stories to their deaths, and a fifth young worker was critically injured in 2009.
9 December 2010
Workplace Violence and Harassment now recognized in the Occupational Health and Safety Act with passing of Bill 168 in Ontario
As a result of lobby efforts by the labour movement and activists important amendments were made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) under Bill 168, that is designed to better protect workers from violence and harassment while at workplace.
4 October 2010
Request for Joint Health and Safety Committees to Participate in Ontario Ergonomic Research Study
Joint Health and Safety Committees are invited to participate with employer counterparts in a confidential research project on Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs).
5 February 2010
Volunteer to be an Instructor in the New Worker Awareness Program
The New Worker Awareness program was designed to help prevent injury and death by increasing awareness among young workers and the community.
7 October 2008
Why Steelworkers need to be concerned about the growth of precarious work in Canada and around the world
October 7 is International Day of Action on Precarious Work as designated by the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF).
24 September 2008
The Growth of Jobs Without Rights and Security is Increasing in Canada
Over the past two years, self-employment has expanded more than twice as fast as paid private-sector employment. Part-time work has expanded more than twice as fast as full-time work.
3 July 2008
2008 National Health Safety and Environment Conference Documents
Occupational Disease, Stop the Killing, Working Alone, Strategic Alliance between United Steelworkers and Environmental Defence
9 May 2008
Environmental Alliance Part of United Steelworkers National Health, Safety and Environment Conference – For a Safe and Healthy Future
6 September 2007
View from the Track: Submission to the Rail Safety Act Review 2007
28 March 2006
Steelworker Submission to Manitoba's Workers Compensation Review Committee
The United Steelworkers of America welcomes this opportunity to present to the Workers Compensation Review Committee our concerns and recommendations regarding compensation for injured, ill, and disabled workers1 in Manitoba.
The Committee has already heard from local union representatives of our union, and this submission builds on those comments and remarks. We also have reviewed and adopt the comments and recommendations made by the Manitoba Federation of Labour.