Workers never anticipate the worst case scenario when they pull a prank or set somebody up for a “harmless” joke. They just think of the laughs it will provide. The consequences, however, can quickly lead to tragedy, and then it is too late to turn back the clock.
I was totally angered to see the final results of the tragic death of a 15 year boy on a paving site in Manitoba. Again, the governments of some of our sister provinces do not fully comprehend their responsibilities to protect their workers from future accidents such as this one.
Sections 25 and 26 of the OHSA are quite explicit on the responsibilities of employers. The following blog deals with section 25, subsection 1 only. A separate blog(s) will be posted at a later date to deal with section 25, subsection 2 as well as section 26.