I feel for Mr. Peeters, he's getting the WorksafeBC run around. His quality of life must be taking a severe beating. Stay the course, John! (see previous posts)
However, for WorksafeBC to suggest that Mr. Peeters could work in the security industry without being a danger to himself and others is ludicrous.
WorksafeBC has been out of step with the security industry for years and this is just another demonstration its failure to recognize the work being done in the security industry by very dedicated people who deliver (24/7) a very risky service.
You can become a security guard. Really?
I feel for this guy and his situation and I can only imagine what WorksafeBC is putting him through. But, really?
Is what WorksafeBC thinks of the security industry?
Is this what the public thinks of security guards?
Is this what the security industry wants the public to think?
Is this what the government thinks?
Is this what employers/client think?
If you're a security officer (guard) is this what you think?
Please checkout this CBC video embedded below.
This concern an unfortunate fellow who sustained numerous work related injuries and his ongoing dispute with WorksafeBC.
I appreciate the frustrations this fellow is dealing with, however, given his cognitive and mobility injuries I fail to see how WorksafeBC can suggest to him that becoming a security guard is an alternative form of employment.
WorksafeBC, obviously, has a low opinion of the skill-set needed by security workers.
Part of the security industry's public image difficulties.
For those responsible for the delivery of training to security workers, here's the Canadian Safety Association's new national standard for OHS Training. The private security industry has no work to do it's been done for us.
CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health and Safety Training
Providing adequate training to employees is a critical element of risk management and can help promote health & safety on the job. Each year, many organizations in Canada make significant investments in providing safety training to workers yet often have difficulty ensuring that it meets their needs.
Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by
previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so
that he is never taken by surprise.
Question: Who is responsible for ensuring that
security officers are appropriately vetted and trained for emergencies?
Ultimately, the property owner (possessor).
There is no wiggle room on this. It is
the same in the U.S. and Canada
the bombing in Boston been prevented?
At my age, I have the experience to understand the phrase "what goes around, comes around." This discussion, to one degree or another, has been going on since the 70/80's and probably before that. And, yes, policing costs were a major topic of concern back then. Those costs concerns were addressed/reduced by civilianizing sections of the police organizations such as; records, communications, admin, etc higher paid position - and of course, popularized by CIS TV programs.
I think this information should be of interest/value to anyone that oversees security worker, whether as a client, employer or supervisor. In my opinion, it's an important document and will go along way in assisting organization achieve OHS due diligence. I've quoted the CSA's own description of the new Standard. American readers can refer to ANSI Z490-1.
Security workers must start taking responsibility for their own health & safey. You must not settle for OHS complacency.
If you are a security worker, bring it to your employers and supervisors attention.
This Post is in response to an article in the Nanaimo Bulletin News,April 6th article -" Man suspected of break-ins, assault arrested"
This incident is generating a fair bit of discussion in both Canada and the U.S. because the safety of the security officers providing security for clients/employers is often a last thought. The usual lament, on the parts of employers, "is training is too expensive and if we start delivering safety training it will have to increase our billing rate and that will make us uncompetitive and our clients will go to a cheaper (low-ball) security company.
Once you've read the incident, read my next 2 blogs for what the employer should do. Note: the due diligence self evaluation will encompass much more; including, Lone Worker protection.
About 4 days ago a security officer in Nanaimo BC, while working alone, a security officer interrupted a B&E in progress during the very early hours of the morning. He suffered non life-threatening injuries, fortunately, and is resting at home as I write. The fact that the injuries sustained were non life-threatening can only be attributed to LUCK, it could have been so much worse.
Accident or Injury
Checklist for Analyzing Viability of
a Due Diligence Defense
Fill out this questionnaire after an
accident involving a serious injury or fatality. The purpose of the
questionnaire is to help you evaluate your risks of liability in the event you
are charged with an OHS violation in connection with the accident by
determining the availability of a due diligence defence.
Definition: Due diligence means
making reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with the laws and prevent