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Are Security Patrol Services dangerous?

Are Security Patrol Services dangerous? On the other hand, are they made dangerous by a lack of Employer duty of care (poor health & safety management?)
On the 15th Sep, 2014 a Teamster, local 155, was killed on a Vancouver movie set – the second teamster security officer to die at his worksite. The victim was struck by an unattended parked 5-ton truck, which rolled down an incline, struck, and pinned the victim against a tree.

Employers responsible for the safety of security workers

Given the varity of security asset protection work-sites, from lumber mills to construction sites, marine operations, malls...the list goes on. There is a common thread, the employer responsible for worker safety must address the safety hazards at their worksite. That means if it's a construction site, safety is not solely directed to towards construction workers and those actively involved in construction activity. Often security does not arrival at the construction site for duty until active construction has ceased.

TFG is going to online training

We are starting to draw close to the release of our first online training course. In the near future TFG will be offering WHMIS (Canada) training which will include content for the security sector. Once the Global Harmonization System is in place in Canada, TFG will be offering our GHS course to our international customers.
In short order, TFG will be adding to our online training course offerings with Security Safety Supervisor training, Security/Safety Hazards and Ri9sk Assessments, and Workplace Violence for Security Workers to name a few.

WHMIS/GHS for the security industry

The Foston Group  will be launching a WHMIS/GHS online course designed for security in late June. The course will meet and exceed all, current, provincial, federal, and OSHA (U.S.) WHMIS/Hazcom requirements. GHS will not be officially implemented by Health Canada until June 2015.

The course is supported by the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS), which will effectively support clients that do not have their own LMS or it will be integrated with the LMSs clients do have.

The context is for security and the pricing is considerate.

Workplace lighting for security workers

Employers and security workers need to know about what and what is not acceptable illuminations at security worksites such as construction sites, parking lots, external/internal patrols at night. This Worksafe BC information piece reference should be useful:

Except as otherwise provided in this section and section 4.69, an employer must provide and maintain minimum illumination levels to ensure safe working conditions, safe passage and the identification of hazards or obstructions as follows...


Multiple Employer Worksites

The employer is often thought to be the one who pays the security worker.  In a health and safety context this may not be so. The following OHSA directive explains where responsibilities lie in multi-employer worksites.

Multi-employer worksites (in all industry sectors), may cite more than one employer for a hazardous condition that violates an OSHA standard.  Industry sectors that contract for security services include, but are not limited to: construction sites, retail malls, schools, special events and government operations, to name a few.

Workplace Violence

2 Loblaws' workers die in knife attack several others are injured.  Unfortunately, one must think about such misadventure as part of going to work. Have you thought about it?

Unfair labour practices again security workers

Securitas being sued in the California. This has relevance in Canada for security contractors, security workers, and clients. This doesn't need an explanation to see...

I've seen many, and, currently, know of many, examples of such practcves. Security workers should be trained in their rights as workers under Canadian Law (Same applies in U.S., U.K., Aus, NZ, EU...).
Learning by osmosis and experience doesn't cut it. This is another area where government mandated training fails the workers and the security industry.

Securitas - If you are in the security industry,please read this article

Securitas Security Sued by The San Diego Employment Law Attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik for Allegedly Failing To Provide Their Security Guards Meal BreaksCurrent and Former security guards of Securitas Security Services now have an opportunity to join a lawsuit against the security service provider.

BLS Report Pinpoints Security Guards' Greatest Hazards

An interesting report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S.) and it has relevance in Canada. I've known about this report since it was published and it continues to be of interest. In Canada, we do not have the fatalities they experience in the States, nevertheless, there are lessons to be learned about security worker safety and borders do not matter.

My focus is on the "older worker" demographic in the security patrol (Guard) sector.