Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine (July 2017)
A Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) report, released on June 14, 2017, made three recommendations to Transport Canada (TC) on passenger-vessel safety, in connection to a 2015 incident which whale-watching boat capsized in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.
During an excursion on October 25, 2015, a large wave struck the Leviathan II on the starboard quarter, sending 24 passengers and three crew members overboard without flotation aids. Six of the passengers died.
The report recommends that TC identify areas the Pacific coast conducive to the forming of large waves and adopt strategies to protect vessels from them, make passengers vessels adopt better risk-management processes and strategies and have passenger vessels that travel beyond sheltered areas carry emergency radio equipment.
“Our recommendations today are aimed at putting in place measures to avoid accidents in the first place and expedite rescue efforts,” TSB chair Kathy Fox says.
Changes always occur after a disaster has happened. Mining incidents, Confined Space incidents, Machine Guarding incidents as well as Working at Heights incidents are just some of the places where legislation changes were necessary to keep up with changes in the workplace.
Ontario is going through its own set of problems in the workplace not including the COVID crisis we seem to be at the present time. I, do believe, Ontario has a real good hold on Occupational Health and Safety issues except those in the long-term healthcare sector. Privatization has caused so many other problems and those problems are going to be around for quite a while until the Ontario government admits their failure here and raises the level of care to a decent level.
Ensure your workplace is a safe place.
Remember – In Canada, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”
‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.
Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Advanced Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.