David Dahr, author of Protection in a Handbook a homeowner's guide to workplace safety, as a follow up to the research done on behalf of the Nova Scotia Government he acted on one of the recommendations of a report he helped to create which was to provide homeowners with some safety tips. These were offered to several local retail building supply companies and rental companies for free to hand out to their customers. David has decided to share a few of these with you by providing them at no charge as downloadable items in Portable Document File (PDF) format.
If you own or manage a hardware store, please, by all means, contact David to discuss providing hard copies of these and other similar leaflets to your customers. We can even work together to attach your branding.
A series of workplace safety related articles by David Dahr appear in a local publication starting in 2009 under the title "Home Sense on Workplace Safety". David has collated them into one document and is now providing them to you at no cost.
Home Sense on Workplace Safety articles in PDF format.
David authored a report on Safety in the residential construction and renovation sector with others including E. Grant MacDonald, an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, for the The Department of Labour and Workforce Development Province of Nova Scotia. This report was sanctioned by Dalhousie University and was entitled Working Safely Today for a Better Tomorrow.
A collection of news media references relating to the general themes of this website with emphasis on homeowner liability.
David's appearance on the Maritimes Today television show.
Former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell was found responsible in the death of a contractor working on Mr. Campbell's home.
CBC Toronto story about the criminal court sentencing of a construction project manager after a fatal scaffolding collapse
The following hyperlinks lead to various articles and other information on the history or current status of workplace safety. Please note the obvious: These are external links.
- A history of The American Society Of Safety Engineers.
- Homeowners Beware: Are Your Contractors Insured, article by the law firm Slater Vecchio.
- Article about the more than 2 million people who die at work each year written by the World Economic Forum.
- 90 Years of Workplace Health and Safety History from The Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA).
- Due diligence on safety overview by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- RMS Titanic Ship Facts and Information from Titanic Universe. The famous sinking had a significant impact on the history of safety legislation.
- The Halifax Explosion was another tragedy that had an impact on workplace safety legislation.
- Bill C-45 Plain Language Guide (The Westray Bill).
- A documentry of the Westry Incident, a workplace disaster that had a major impact on the Occupational Health and Safety Act legislation and all its regulations across Canada.
In his book about workplace safety and liability for the homeowners, author David Dahr discusses the importance of delegating safety responsibilities to a properly trained contractor. In order to help readers of the book and visitors to this website just now learning about the subject, David has drawn up a 15 point construction safety contract. This contract is suitable for a homeowner to have a contractor sign. It will delegate all of the safe work practices and controls to the contractor and give you a written record from the contractor that workers brought to your property have appropriate safety training. This contract may be downloaded from this website at no charge in Portable Document File (PDF) format. (Other formats may be available upon request.)
Work Site Safety Contract in PDF format.