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Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull has been with the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre since 2006, developing and delivering workplace health and safety and workers’ rights education programming across the province. He has over 20 years of experience in popular education and social action theatre with and for marginalized populations. Prior to stepping into the role of executive director, he was responsible for the AWHC’s Work Plays Schools Program (for young workers) and the New Alberta Workers Program (for temporary foreign workers, immigrants and refugees). Recently he has worked with injured worker groups across the province to increase their capacity to participate in advocacy for policy change. Jared lives in Edmonton with his wife and two children.
Based on a survey of 2,000 Alberta workers, this report looks at the failure of the occupational health and safety system to keep workers in the province safe, and makes recommendations to reduce the number of occupational fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.
The Alberta government is reviewing its Occupational Health and Safety Act for the first time since it was enacted in 1976. Based on the results of a recent worker survey, here are suggestions for changes that can be made to increase worker and workplace safety.