Safety Reboot Magazine: Why Personal Protective Equipment May be Putting Women at Risk; and How Thousands of Worker Deaths in North America Might be Prevented

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Another worker fell 20 stories to his death in a Toronto construction site, a "needless tragic death" among thousands that could be prevented, according to Safety Reboot Magazine.

Each year thousands of workers die in North America—on the job—and, according to the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, a "needless tragic death."

Safety Reboot puts the feature spotlight on preventable workplace accidents this week in three workplace safety stories. In the lead story, Safety Reboot reports on the thousands of workers who die each year in North America in work-related incidents—several in the last two weeks—and how they could have been prevented. In a follow up story, the leading online magazine examines why personal protective equipment, designed to protect workers, is failing to keep women safe. In a third spotlight feature, Safety Reboot focuses on how to choose the right work shoes for different work environments.

"Tougher enforcement needed to prevent 'preventable' accidents"
Each year thousands of workers die in North America—on the job—and, according to the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, a "needless tragic death."

Each week, many workers die on the job. The issue is so common and high profile that Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis, promised action and stated that the deaths were "totally unacceptable."

Aside from thousands of deaths there are tens-of-thousands of injuries each year. Read more about preventable workplace accidents here>>

"Personal protective equipment putting women at risk?"
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is, by design, meant to keep worker's safe. Yet according to a report from the Ontario Women's Directorate and the Industrial Accident Prevention Association, women are at risk due to poor fit and selection. Male workers have more choice and size availability than women, often leading to compromised choices for female workers in equivalent jobs. In this important Safety Reboot feature, three female workers are profiled to illustrate the issues, with tips on how to avoid unsafe work conditions. Read more>>

"Choosing the right safety footwear for the job"
Head, eye and foot injuries represent the majority of injuries on worksites each year—most of which could be avoided with property protective equipment. Safety Reboot focuses on footwear choices as a preventative measure.

Safety footwear should be chosen based on the work environment and any dangers or potential risks that come with the job. Does the work include lifting heavy materials or equipment? Is there a risk of dropping something on your foot or something rolling over the top of it? Jobs with these types of risks warrant the use of toe and metatarsal protection in safety shoes and boots. Or maybe there is a risk of sharp objects falling or otherwise penetrating the shoe? In these instances you will want to choose shoes that are cut and puncture resistant. If the sharp objects are heavy, you may need toe or metatarsal protection too. The story provides links to appropriate footwear, such as this women's boot with external Metguard for metatarsal protection from Mister Safety Shoes.

Read more about Safety Footwear Choices>>

About Safety Reboot
Safety Reboot is a leading online magazine dedicated to worker safety news and information helpful to North American workplaces.
News Beats Include:
        Safety Regulations and Laws
        Safety News
Feature beats include
        Preventable Accidents
        Education and Training
        Safety Equipment
        Top Five Hidden Dangers

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