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Fast food employee claims wrongful termination after taking food

The law is meant to protect all people from all walks of life. In the area of employment law, one does not need to be a corporate executive to file a wrongful termination lawsuit. One British Columbia woman took her fast food employer to court after he fired her for allegedly taking food without permission.

Not every long-term workplace injury is immediately obvious

When a person gets hurt on the job, the injury becomes apparent immediately. This is typical of a laceration or impact injury. However, sometimes a workplace injury does not become evident at the moment it occurs, or the severity of the injury may not be obvious. Injury to a worker's hearing, in particular, often falls into this category.

WorkSafe BC law upheld by Court of Appeal

Employees in British Columbia benefit from laws set in place for their protection while on the job. For those engaged in one of the province's most hazardous careers - asbestos removal - questions about enforceability have been an ongoing concern. A new ruling has now given workers new hope in a business where the risk of fatal workplace accidents remains high.

WorkSafeBC investigating fatal workplace accident in Parksville

On February 2nd, a 31-year old British Columbia man died in a work-related accident after a ladder the man was in contact with touched a power line. The 31-year old Nanoose Bay man was working on an apartment building when he was electrocuted. His co-worker, who was also in contact with the ladder when it touched the live wires, was also affected, but was airlifted to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Older workers more likely to suffer a workplace injury

On average, people in British Columbia are living longer than they ever have before. One of the offshoots of this trend is an aging workforce. One expert suggests that a corresponding increase in workplace injury frequency and recovery time is already evident. 

Fatal workplace accident leaves partner asking for changes

Sometimes it takes a tragedy before major change can take place. After a fatal workplace accident that took the life of her boyfriend, one Vancouver Island woman is calling for changes to construction safety regulations. By all appearances, proper safety measures were in place, but they weren't enough to prevent this fatal accident.

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