N.L. employees not protected when reporting hazards: specialist
Rulings identify regulatory ‘no man’s land’ for safety workers, instructor says
A recent court decision has uncovered two major issues in the practice of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in Newfoundland and Labrador, says a safety specialist in the province.
Stephen Pike, an instructor with the Access Institute based in St. John’s — and who has trained over 30,000 workers worldwide in access, scaffolding and safety over the past 20 years — says he believes the implications of the decision are “horrendous” and that legislation needs to be changed immediately to protect workers and ensure safety issues are immediately addressed on major construction projects.