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OOSHEW Membership Update: New Features July 4th!

OOSHEW Membership Update

We have made new documents for the OOSHEW Member's H&S Library based on member requests. Thank you to all our pilot members for your amazing input and feedback!

The OOSHEW Membership is meant to be a valuable asset and a special experience for members. This is only the beginning; there is so much more on the way!



WEEKLY Inspection Checklists

  • Forklift (Counter Balance)
  • Rough Terrain Forklift (Telehandler)
  • Boom Lift (Aerial Work Platform)

Many asked for weekly inspection checklists over daily and we have listened. These three are the ones people asked for most so we're starting with that! More to follow make your voices heard and tell us which you want to see next!

Incident Tracking Log - Spreadsheet

We have built a comprehensive incident tracking log. Users will be able to keep all recorded incidents in one place for easy reference and analysis. We have added drop down menus with pre-populated info to make data entry more efficient and effective. 

This form will help with submitting incident records for bids, participating in audits and will count as a system for recording and identifying trends as part of meeting COR requirments in BC 

Coming Soon:

  • More WEEKLY Checklists!
  • Travel Lift inspection documentation for our members in the boating industry
  • Field Level Hazard Assessments - We had requests for streamlined, low written input  field hazard assessments. Starting with electrical we are making a series of highly specific FLHAs for a variety of industries. Bare with us as we develop these for you guys. When they are ready you will be the first to try them out!
  •  Training videos on the H&S resources!


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Thanks again to our Pilot Members for helping us make a difference in the lives of BC workers! 



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United Steelworkers: Campaign Progress

A CBC article from Jun 15, 2016 on the criminal investigation of a workplace fatality indicates that progress is being made in the enforcement of the Westray Law as a result of a campaign led by the United Steelworkers (USW). 

"The death Olivier Bruneau appears to be both predictable and preventable," said USW Nation Director Ken Neumann. "The possibility of criminal negligence must be thoroughly considered, but is no consolation to a grieving family. Our anger is mixed with condolences and a desire for justice."

Christian Bruneau - OOSHEW Safety Training Vancouver
[Christian Bruneau, Olivier's father, says he wants police to lay criminal charges.] (CBC)

"The goals of our union's campaign to 'Stop the Killing, Enforce the Law' have been endorsed by municipalities across Canada, including the City of Ottawa only last week. Olivier Bruneau knew the dangers of the pit he was working in but, like many workers who warn about hazards, he was the victim of a gamble by his employer to put him at risk in an unstable icy pit."

The USW lobbied Parliament for years leading up to the 2004 enactment of Westray Law which is intended to hold corporations, their directors and executives criminally accountable for workplace deaths and injury. The law was named after the 1992 explosion at Westray Coal mine in Pictou Country, Nova Scotia, that claimed 26 miners lives, 11 of whose bodies remain entombed in the mine. Only a park and a memorial remain on the ground above the long-abandoned mine tunnels.

"Next year marks 25 years since Westray," said USW Ontario/Atlantic Director Marty Warren. "Our job will never be complete until there are no more Westrays, and no more deaths like that of Olivier Bruneau."

Details of the campaign and support are available at

[Video from the Stop the Killing campaign website.]

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW) & CBC

For further information: Marty Warren, USW District Director for Ontario and Atlantic Canada,, 416-243-8792; Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-544-5951; Sylvia Boyce, USW Health and Safety Coordinator for Ontario and Atlantic Canada,, 905-741-9830; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221,


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