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The health and safety of everyone at work is everyone's responsibility.
Workplace incidents have a long lasting impact and severe consequences in the workplace, on the families of those connected, and their surrounding communities. They can also cause financial burden on both the business and the worker. And in many cases, incidents also provoke a sequence of legal affairs that can have negative residual effects. This can lead to both internal and external investigations into the worker and the business.
It is important to communicate, document, and report workplace violence and harassment, sexual harassment, as well as hazardous and unsafe conditions as soon as we are made aware of such events and conditions. Documentation and reporting of hazards, incidents, and accidents provide due diligence support for everyone, including the worker, supervisor, and the business.
Some of the preceding steps can help identify behavior that may lead to a negative outcome. They can also help implement mitigation controls, and sometimes remove hazards that a business, its managers, supervisors, workers, and even the public can encounter during work activity.
Keep in mind, when considering ways to defend against a workplace hazard, personal protective equipment (PPE) should be the last option. PPE is a way to control hazards at the worker. Better options are engineering controls that eliminate or reduce as much of the risk as possible at the source or along the path to the worker. In many industries there are tasks that must be performed where the risks cannot be completely eliminated but controlled to a point where they allow the work to be done with low risk rating. That said, we must always attempt to find a reasonable risk solution, or control method to safely, and effectively perform the task.
The Ministry of Labour website can keep you informed about topics that include but aren't limited to:
Other useful resources include the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.
The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario, FSRA website provides some of the following information with respect to what you should know after a motor vehicle collision.
Filing a claim after an Auto Accident:
Insurance fraud can take many forms and the residual effects of fraud are costly for everyone.
If you suspect you have been targeted, or you are a victim of an insurance fraud scam. You can help by notifying local law enforcement, calling the FSCO/FSRA, insurance fraud hotline, seeking legal advise from the Law Society of Ontario, and contacting your legal department or advisor.
According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Canada is home to the third largest railway network. It handles and transports the fourth largest volume of goods, and our Canadian railways move almost three quarters of our country's surface goods annually. In addition to being connected to thousands of public and private crossings, our railroad transports over one third of its exports, and accommodates approximately 70 million people (Commuters and Tourists).
"In 2015, 14% of rail accidents involved vehicles or pedestrians at rail crossings, down slightly from the 16% average in the previous 5-year period. The safe interaction between railway operations and the public has been the subject of numerous TSB investigations and continues to present opportunities for safety improvements through the identification and elimination of risks."
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
It is important to stay informed on railway safety information. The safe operations of our rail transportation infrastructures is critical to our economic progress. What is equally important is the safety and security of the public.
Railway Safety Act - Part III - Non-Railway Operations Affecting Railway Safety
Rule 103 (c) States that "Crew members must not give vehicular traffic a hand signal to proceed over a crossing."
The Railway Association of Canada provides informative resource portals to help you stay informed on safety and security topics important to you and your business.
For informative statistical data with respect to rail related incidents, fatalities, and serious injuries please visit the Operation Life Saver website.
As many Canadians have unfortunately already fallen victim to scams developed and executed by scammers. You may have also received a call and answered your phone only to be informed by a recorded voice or someone claiming to be an agent from the Canada Revenue Agency , and that you have been contacted due to a discrepancy in filing your taxes, or that you owe some money. The common message for 2018 was hearing that there was a warrant for your arrest ready should you fail to comply to the demands you heard over the phone. The CRA, and many professionals in the finance sectors have discussed and outlined what steps the CRA would use to inform us of any subject matter related to an account.
An alarming amount of Canadians fall victim to scams and fraud, losing millions of dollars. Fraudsters and scammers have developed some very unique ways to trick many Canadians into giving up personal information that results in the theft of the targeted person's identity. The impact can be devastating and long lasting, triggering financial losses, provoking criminal investigations, and sometimes leading to criminal charges and convictions against the targeted victims. And reportedly, even lives have been lost.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police manages the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, a data center for collecting information and providing intelligence and resource material for the fight against scams and fraud.
The website also supplies a list of quick links to informative material including but not limited to:
Before traveling you can register your passport with the Government of Canada. Registration is a free service that enables Canadians to be notified in the event of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. The service can also keep you informed of important information such as a natural disaster or civil unrest before and during your travel.
"The Global Affairs Canada Travel Information Program team collects continuous reports on safety and security abroad from a variety of sources and monitors world events. The team also analyses trends and incidents affecting international travelers. Travel Advice and Advisories are updated promptly to inform Canadians of situations that may affect their safety and security abroad."
Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories
There are several topics travelers should consider studying through the portals in the Government of Canada's Travel section that can help keep many Canadians informed, and safe when planning their next trip abroad. Additionally, if Canadians decide, or must travel to high risk areas abroad they should consider staying informed on currently listed entities by visiting the Government of Canada's Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness site, as well as staying informed and up to date regarding the Safeguarding Canadians with Passenger Project.
Other topics include:
Traveling for pleasure and business are equally important to our global economy. As such, Canadian travelers should be informed about their travel destination and how it can impact them.
Oncques Ne Fauldray