May 17: Coroner’s Jury Recommends Mandatory Safety Training

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A coroner’s jury looking into the deaths of three workers on a mushroom farm has recommended that all BC agricultural workers and their employers undergo mandatory two-day training on occupational health and safety. The jury also urged WorkSafeBC to hire more agricultural inspectors, educate workers on the risks of operating in confined spaces, conduct more random inspections and require all employers to submit yearly reports declaring they’ve fulfilled their safety obligations. The government indicated its intent to act on these recommendations.