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    :: Sunday, September 24, 2006 ::

    Inquest jury wants better safety rules in forests - By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun
    A coroner's jury at an inquest into the death of faller (Turbo) Ted Gramlich has recommended a sweeping overhaul of safety in the B.C. forest industry after four days of testimony revealed existing protocols protecting workers have all but collapsed.

    Saying there is 'a downloading trend related to safety and health,' the jury made 23 recommendations. Its strongest recommendations were aimed at the government and WorkSafeBC, urging the government to roll back some of the deregulation initiatives introduced in its first term and WorksafeBC to focus its enforcement efforts on employers.

    The jury wants rules about minimum first-aid services and equipment requirements on worksites to be 'once again governed by regulation,' rather than by guidelines, a policy change brought in as a result of deregulation.

    'We also call upon [WorkSafeBC] to enforce compliance of these licensee-landowner, prime contractor, contractor and sub-contractor responsibilities,' the jury stated.
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