Group home worker stabbed in Cranbrook - BCGEU calls for tighter enforcement of work safety regulations

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.

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