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Carola Mittag

Carola holds firm in her belief that preventing occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities requires proactivity, not reactivity to an accident. Working with a variety of industries in Niagara since 2004 provides for an understanding of their health and safety needs.

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Other articles by Carola

Everyone wants money!

Everyone wants money!

By Carola Mittag

Posted Oct 28th, 2019 in Tips & News

Translated into dollars and sense/cents, an investment in workplace health and safety is an investment in your employees and your business success.

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Is Yours A “Canned” Product?

Is Yours A “Canned” Product?

By Carola Mittag

Posted Sep 26th, 2019 in Tips & News

In the last month WSG received a number of requests to conduct detailed, onsite health and safety assessments. When you’ve committed to investing a significant amount of money, you want to be sure that what you get is what you actually need. You want your entire health and safety management system to have all components in place:

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Ministry of Labour Court Bulletins for July through Sept. 2019

Ministry of Labour Court Bulletins for July through Sept. 2019

By Carola Mittag

Posted Sep 17th, 2019 in Tips & News

WSG is available to help companies assess their safety programs to help them avoid stiff fines and penalties for health and safety infractions. When you contact us for an assessment, we take a look at what you are doing well to comply with occupational health and safety law and regulations and, where you may have gaps that need to be addressed.

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No Worker Born to Die

No Worker Born to Die

By Carola Mittag

Posted Sep 5th, 2019 in Tips & News

What would you like your company’s health and safety program to look like

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Setting up Your Health and Safety Program

Setting up Your Health and Safety Program

By Carola Mittag

Posted Aug 26th, 2019 in Tips & News

A health and safety system is not the binder on the shelf or all the right posters on the safety bulletin board. It is the way everyone in the workplace works together on a daily basis to keep each other safe through safety talks, training and actions that demonstrate conscious safety awareness at all levels. In this way safety is not left to chance.

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Backhoe hits worker exiting portable toilet

Backhoe hits worker exiting portable toilet

By Carola Mittag

Posted Aug 19th, 2019 in Tips & News

McDonald Brothers Construction has been fined $70,000 after a backhoe struck a worker who was exiting a portable toilet. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

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 Just showing up for the doughnuts …

Just showing up for the doughnuts …

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jul 31st, 2019 in Tips & News

Over 90% of safety managers report that their employees are not engaged during safety training, they just show up for the doughnuts. The problem is that workplace safety is far too often considered unexciting and, in some cases, unimportant. An engaged workforce is key, and nowhere is this truer than with safety. Employees who don’t care about workplace safety end up hurting not only themselves, but company profits as well. This attitude is harmful, so how can you turn it around?

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Health and Safety for Small Business

Health and Safety for Small Business

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jul 15th, 2019 in Tips & News

Small business owners may be unaware of the specific laws and regulations they are expected to comply with. Health and safety can be overwhelming for small business owners who often don’t even know where to start. *Note: A 6-inch binder, sitting on a shelf, is not a health and safety program

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Pondering “intelligent health and safety”

Pondering “intelligent health and safety”

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jul 4th, 2019 in Tips & News

Why do employers continue to choose conscious ignorance (knowing you have to do something but choosing to ignore it) instead of “intelligent health and safety?

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Two-Way Radio Etiquette for Effective Communication and Worker Safety

Two-Way Radio Etiquette for Effective Communication and Worker Safety

By Carola Mittag

Posted Jun 6th, 2019 in Tips & News

Clear radio communication ensures a safer jobsite when approached with respect and not congesting channels with pointless chatter. It can be very confusing, distracting, and difficult if not impossible to understand.

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