VANCOUVER, June 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The BCGEU is demanding better
enforcement of worker safety regulations after a 21-year-old woman was
assaulted and stabbed by a youth client at the KEYS group home in
Cranbrook, B.C. on May 26, 2011.
The woman, a BCGEU member, was seriously injured. She was working alone
at the time of the attack. Her employer was supposed to check-in with
her every two hours. This appears to have not happened.
"Our BCGEU members keep telling us workplace violence is on the rise.
The employer in this case wasn't doing enough to protect this
vulnerable worker - the check-in procedure wasn't appropriate," said
BCGEU community social services component chair James Cavalluzzo.
Cavalluzzo also said chronic underfunding of community social services
is resulting in facilities moving to skeleton staffing.
"We're calling on the B.C. Government to force employers put in place
worker safety procedures that comply with provincial safety
regulations," said Cavalluzzo. "We also want the WCB to enforce health
and safety regulations to ensure employer compliance."
SOURCE B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
please call James Cavalluzzo of the BCGEU at (250) 507-8462.