Dock safety at E.M.P.P.

The issue of the shunt driver engaging the tractor with the trailer, while
Workers are still unloading or loading, has surfaced again. A policy was put into place years ago that the shunt driver cannot back the tractor underneath the trailer while there is a worker inside the trailer. The shunt driver can park the tractor across the front of the trailer until he sees a green light on the outside, indicating that the trailer is ready for pick up. This should be a staff talk to all those, who work in the truck or drive LRs or hysters in and out of the truck.
Every employee, before entering a trailer to work, should visually check for themselves that the tractor is not sitting under the trailer. Do not leave your safety in the hands of a supervisor, check for yourself. If the tractor is sitting under the trailer, report it, and refuse to enter until the shunt driver has either driven away or has parked the tractor perpendicular to the trailer.
There is a reason this safety practice is in place. It is because of too many near misses.

Work Safe,

Lorraine MacKenzie-Lawson
CUPW Health and Safety Officer

Edmonton Democracy Fair 2015

“Promoting Democracy:  Challenges and Opportunities”  

Friday, June 5, 7pm-9 p.m., Panel Presentation with 3 Special Guests:
                          “Law Making and Democracy”
                     Followed by Audience Participation in Q and A

Saturday, June 6, 9am – 4:30pm  “Citizens Engaged to Promote Democracy”
Morning and Afternoon Sessions each with 3 concurrent sessions
                      Six Community-Based Citizen Groups
                   Education Building, University of Alberta, 11210-87 Ave
                                       Rooms 129, 128, and 113

           Sponsored by the Edmonton Chapter of the Council of Canadians

1.  Friday, June 5, 7pm- 9 p.m.  ”Law-Making and Democracy” 
                                Panel Presentation followed by Q and A

Brent Rathgeber:  “Irresponsible Government:  The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada”

Janet Keeping:    “Democracy, Law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: How do current federal government practices measure up?”

Steve Patten:  “Participatory Policymaking: New Opportunities to Democratize Parliamentary Democracy” 

2.  Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  “Citizens Engaged to Promote Democracy”
Morning Sessions: 9 a.m. to 12:30 (Short presentations, breakout sessions, plenary)
         Pesticide Free Edmonton, CUPW, 
Lunch 12:30-1:30 (light lunch/refreshments provided) 

Afternoon Session:  1:30-4:30  (Short presentations, breakout sessions, plenary)
 Keepers of the Athabasca, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, Fair Vote Alberta

Each session is to address the following 3 questions: 
    – How does current federal legislation/practices affect a group’s mandate? 
    – How can we maintain and defend democracy?
            – How can we prepare for the upcoming election?
     Refreshments/lunch provided – Donations accepted to defray expenses