Alberta takes steps to reduce workplace injuries

New legislation will raise maximum fines, WCB contributing $3.3 million more in an effort to reduce injuries by 40 per cent
||Last Updated: 12/02/2002

The Alberta government is compiling a list of who is good and who is bad when it comes to workplace safety — and it plans to publish the names of companies on both ends of the spectrum as part of changes to the provinces Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Bill 37 will increase fines for health and safety violations and increase public awareness about safety in the workplace in an effort to reduce workplace injuries, according to MLA Tony Abbott, the sponsor of the bill.

“(This) represents an important step in the government’s plan to reduce workplace injuries by 40 per cent over the next two years,” said Abbott. “Keeping Alberta workers safe is a responsibility shared by employers, labour, safety associations, government and workers themselves.”