TORONTO — Contractors, employees, associations, labour organizations and government representatives gathered together last week to celebrate Safety Week 2018.
Taking place May 7 to 11, Safety Week featured a variety of events with toolbox talks, equipment demonstrations, guest speakers addressing such issues as cannabis and construction, a mock inquest and special presentations from safety advocates including Rob Ellis of MySafeWork.
While the week celebrated the many strides that have been made for safer workplaces, the main mission was to raise awareness of the construction industry’s continued commitment to eliminating worker injuries and fatalities, said Walsh Canada vice-president Craig Lesurf, who is also the safety committee chair for the Ontario General Contractors Association.
He told the Daily Commercial News previously that there were still 905 workplace deaths in Canada in 2016.
The message, he noted, was to stress the belief that every week must be Safety Week.