Put Yourself in our Boots, Presented by Jody Laird from 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Take the initiative to make the workplace safer for first responders and create a safer workplace for everyone.
While responding to a warehouse break and enter, Calgary police officer John Petropoulos died after falling nine feet through a false ceiling, a tragic but preventable accident. When first responders are injured or die due to this type of workplace hazard, its often dismissed as risks that are all “part of the job.” But each of us has a duty to protect those who protect you.
This presentation provides a different perspective on workplace safety – that of a first responder who may have to attend a premises during an emergency, such as a crime in progress, a fire, or a medical situation.
Constable John Petropoulos’ death is a powerful example of why workplace safety measures need to be in place for everyone who may attend a work site – and how to help make this happen. Even though you may know your workplace and the hazards that are there, a firefighter, paramedic or police officer is in unfamiliar surroundings and not necessarily aware of those liabilities. Stressful circumstances and poor lighting can impede the first responder’s ability to see or know the hazards.
In this presentation, Jody will provide tangible examples of how risks in the physical work environment can be significantly minimized. A ten-minute safety video will also be featured to help you learn how to create a culture of safer workplaces.
Visit www.jpmf.ca for more information about the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund.