TORONTO, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour
Minister, today addressed occupational health and safety issues in her
remarks at the Crane Rental Association of Canada's Annual General
Meeting and Conference.
In Canada, every year, close to 1 000 workers die as a result of
work-related accidents. According to the Association of Workers'
Compensation Boards of Canada, the construction industry accounted for
close to a quarter (23.3 percent) of all workplace fatalities between
2008 and 2010 - the highest of any industry.
In her remarks, Minister Raitt highlighted the Government of Canada's
commitment to working with unions, employers, provinces, territories,
and experts to raise awareness of and improve occupational health and
"Promoting safe and healthy workplaces across Canada is a shared
responsibility," said Minister Raitt. "Preventing injury and illness in
the workplace helps build a safer, healthier, and more prosperous
She also stressed the integral role of partnerships between stakeholders
and government to identify workplace hazards and find solutions to
issues that threaten the health and safety of employees.
The Crane Rental Association of Canada provides a social and educational
forum to advance safety and professional expertise to crane rental
operations companies, manufacturers, and suppliers who support the
specialty crane rental business in Canada.
The Labour Program is committed to promoting fair, safe and healthy
workplaces. It also develops, administers and enforces workplace
legislation and regulations, including the Canada Labour Code. These
laws for federally regulated workers and employers cover industrial
relations, health and safety, and employment standards.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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