Safety Training Allows 4 year-old to Save Family

By David Hench
The Portland Press Herald

GORHAM, Maine — A 4-year-old boy who studied fire safety at his day-care center a few weeks ago used what he learned to help his family escape safely from a blaze in their basement apartment Monday.

Joseph Lamoin, who will turn 5 this month, woke at 5 a.m. to the smell and sight of smoke and did as he was taught.

He crawled, beneath the smoke, to his mother’s room, where he woke her and his 4-year-old sister.

The three crawled up the stairs of the house at 136 Day Road to where Joseph’s grandmother was sleeping, and everyone got out of the home safely, said Gorham Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre.
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Ontario Paramedics On The Scene

Ontario Paramedics ON THE SCENE

Keep your Kits Fit and First Aid Station Supervisor Trained.

Times are tough economically and companies have found it necessary to lay off employees and change routines to stay afloat.  Remember though not to  inadvertently jeopardize your compliance with Regulation 1101 of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Act when seeking smart ways to be frugal.  It might be time to do a quick  check up of your company’s  safety compliance.


  • Your first aid kit is stocked.
  • Any safety equipment is
    • working.
    • accessible to all employees during work hours.
  • First Aid Station is
    • supervised by a company employee who
      • has a valid first aid certificate from a WSIB recognized Training Organization
      • works in the immediate vicinity of the station.
  • All required information is posted where it can be seen clearly by employees.
  • Company system for keeping  detailed records of accidents or first aid treatments  is in place and working well.

And, remember, employers need to cover the cost of first aid equipment at work.

Another Life Saved, We Hope

“Winnipeg Danny left the locker room after our workout and sat down on one of the benches next to the rink. He told one of the players passing by that he felt a “bit hot” and then lay down on the bench. His teammate talked to him briefly, then said goodbye. Moments later, another player came out of the room and saw Danny face down on the floor. At first, he thought Danny was about to do some  pushups or some such thing but then noticed there was no body movement. He called for help and luckily, on this day,  two firemen from Fort Myers were playing with us. They sprang into action, felt for a pulse and found none, then used a paddle and CPR to get Danny’s heart pumping again.”

Read the full story at Brian McFarlane’s blog,

Woman Saved by Timely CPR

If you shop ’til you drop, have CPR providers nearby

Ross A. Courtney

Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — There’s no good place for a heart attack.

And between the children’s clothing racks and a display of computer printers in the West Valley Walmart hardly would have been Ellen Davis’ first choice.

But just as the 69-year-old grandmother and substitute teacher collapsed while shopping on Black Friday, along came a registered nurse, a firefighter and a police officer. They all knew — and regularly practiced — CPR.

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2009

December 6, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre, in which 14 women were singled because they were women and murdered. The École Polytechnique was not only a college, but also a workplace.

“The violence is there in our workplaces and in our homes.” Irene Harris, secretary-treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour

The Ontario Federation of Labour has been working to end workplace violence and ensure working women have workplace protections, legislative rights and strong violence prevention plans in Ontario workplaces.

The Occupational Health & Safety Act is being amended (Bill 168) to include harassment and domestic violence as it follows women into the workplace.


According to the 2009 Occupational Self Safety and Health Administration Report (OSHA), Americans are routinely under reporting work-related injuries.

The report recognizes that employers fear that if there worker’s compensation costs increase this might hurt their chances of winning contracts.  Furthermore, the report noted that workers did not report job — related injuries because they feared a negative response from the employer from losing their job to being passed over for promotions, bonuses or prizes awarded to those who maintain safe workplaces.

Concerned that this trend is undermining the health and safety of American workers, the chairman of the health, education, labor and pensions committee, Sen. Tom Harkin, expressed a need to improve reporting of workplace hazards so the risks faced by employees can be addressed.

The Government accountability office noted that while the rate of workplace injuries has declined there have been academic studies indicating that the OSHA data is flawed as it may exclude up to two thirds of the injuries and illnesses occurring at the workplace.

In response to this report the safety administration is poised to stop this trend of underreporting by improving auditing techniques as recommended by the accountability office.

The safety administration noted a flaw in OSHA’s auditing process of solely relying on employer reported injury and illness data and plans to establish more accurate auditing practices which will include in all audits interviewing random employees to check the accuracy of the data provided by the employer.

It is hoped that this will increase employee safety.

Written by Brenda McFarlane