Controlling Exposure: Protecting Workers from Infectious Disease

WorkSafe is currently advising employers and workers that special precautions for COVID-19 are not required, beyond the recommended measures to prevent common respiratory viruses like influenza.

These measures include:

  • Wash your hands often, and always after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Syncrude investigates fatality at its Aurora site

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on January 19, Syncrude emergency crews responded to reports of an incident at its Aurora site involving a contract worker. Unfortunately the worker was fatally injured despite emergency response efforts.

Construction accident in Alberta’s energy sector kills two workers

Source Energy Services says in a statement that the contractors died on Tuesday during work on additional storage capacity for what’s known as fracking sand at the company’s terminal near Fox Creek, about 260 kilometres northwest of Edmonton

A 57-year-old man died Monday after a workplace incident at a business in Spruce Grove, west of Edmonton.

A 57-year-old man died Monday after a workplace incident at a business in Spruce Grove, west of Edmonton.

The mishap happened around 1 p.m. at Grove RV & Leisure, Occupational Health and Safety spokesperson Charity Wallace said Tuesday.

The incident involved “towing a fifth-wheel RV with a tractor,” Wallace said.

OHS officials are still investigating, she said.

The death is the latest in a string of recent workplace fatalities in Alberta.

On March 4, a 37-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle at a business on a rural property south of Grande Prairie. The vehicle was backing up when it hit the worker, RCMP said.

Later the same day, a 45-year-old man died in Leduc when he fell from a fourth-floor balcony at an apartment building that was undergoing renovations.

This week, a 31-year-old man suffered fatal injuries Monday after being struck by heavy machinery at a worksite about 60 kilometres south of Grande Prairie.

Company in Leduc worker death must show that workers are using proper fall protection equipment: OHS

Occupational Health and Safety has confirmed that a man who died after a fall at a Leduc apartment complex under renovation fell from a fourth-floor balcony.

The man fell around 2:30 p.m. on Monday. STARS Air Ambulance was called to the scene, but ultimately did not transport anyone to hospital. 

OHS says it has issued two stop work orders to Homefront Property Maintenance Ltd. Employees are no longer allowed to work at heights above three metres until the employer can demonstrate that workers will be protected when working at heights above three metres.