NDP Proposes Increased Worker Safety.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 14th 2016 

NDP PROPOSES INCREASED WORKER SAFETY 

OTTAWA — New Democrats are calling for the creation of an Occupational Disease and Accident Registry. Bill C-292 would require employers to report information about all accidents, occupational disease and other hazardous occurrences known by the employer. The government would be required to make that information available to all employees. 

Introducing the bill in the House this morning, NDP Labour Critic, Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West) said, “I am especially honoured today to pay tribute to the late Howard Willems, whose tireless advocacy right up to his death from exposure to asbestos, resulted in the Saskatchewan government establishing the first registry in Canada.” 

Each year, on April 28, the National Day of Mourning, more names are added to the list of workers lost to occupational diseases and accidents.  

“We are very happy to see the introduction of this Bill,” said Bob Blakely, the Canadian Operating Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions. “Hazardous exposures are much more frequent than is commonly assumed, and so workers are often unable, years later, to point to the event that caused the concern. This bill would end that,” said Blakely today in Edmonton.  

“Asbestos has been called the greatest industrial killer the world has ever known, and New Democrats have been fighting hard to get this carcinogenic and toxic material out of buildings and people's lives,” Ms. Benson added. ‘I hope my colleagues on all sides of the House will support these important measures for workers all across Canada.” 

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