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Results of accident investigations are only shared with internal staff, and not the public. However, once an accident investigation is complete, the file is presented to WorkSafeNB’s Accident Review Committee. Its members determine whether we should develop Hazard Alerts to advise the public, or whether we should advise that particular industry about the accident findings. They also decide whether charges are recommended. In addition, if staff identify accident trends or patterns, they can recommend prevention or compliance strategies, which may end up in a public awareness campaign, such as our current Safe Waste Collection campaign.

All incidents reported under the Occupational Health and Safety Act are available on our website. The incident list is updated monthly and contains two years of data. It is available from our home page by selecting the Incidents tab, and then selecting any of the more recent incidents listed. You can also receive the monthly report through E-News, our monthly electronic newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it. Fatalities, incidents and other statistics are also reported in our Annual Report.

No. Insurance rates are based solely on the relative hazards of the operation and the organization’s accident experience, not on whether workers have disabilities.

New Brunswick’s Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations have broad requirements for safe storage of materials (section 16). Another section (216–2(b) and 2(c)), prescribes the width of aisles when industrial lift trucks are used in the vicinity, a high probability in large box stores.

16 An employer shall ensure that materials, machines or equipment are not stored or located in a place of employment so as to create a hazard to an employee.

 

216(2) An employer shall ensure that an industrial lift truck is not operated:

 

(b) in a one-way aisle, unless the width of the aisle equals at least the width of the vehicle or load being carried, whichever is wider, plus 600 mm, or

 

(c) in a two-way aisle, unless the width of the aisle equals at least twice the width of the vehicle or load, whichever is wider, plus 900 mm.


As for requirements for suggestions boxes, they are not mandatory. That being said, a member of the general public may voice the safety concern to an employee, manager or owner of the retail store. Any employee may report the concern to a supervisor or joint health and safety committee member.

Any workplace health or safety concern can be reported to WorkSafeNB at 1 800 999-9775.

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