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WorkShift Podcast: Remembering Westray with Danny Cavanagh and Alex Keaveny

On May 9, 1992, an explosion at the Westray Mine in Pictou County killed all 26 men working underground and changed how Nova Scotians thought about workplace safety forever.

Thirty years after the disaster, what have we learned? What has changed? What are we doing to make sure it never happens again?

In episode one of the WorkShift Podcast, former WCB CEO Stuart MacLean talks to Danny Cavanagh and Alex Keaveny about the legacy of the Westray disaster, the progress the province has made, and what still needs to be done to prevent fatalities and ensure that workplaces are accountable.

Be sure to follow WorkShift, a podcast from WCB Nova Scotia that shares stories and insights about how to build and maintain a healthy, safe and successful workplace.

About Danny Cavanagh

Danny Cavanagh is the president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, and is a proud activist for safer workplaces for all of Nova Scotia.

About Alex Keaveny

Alex Keaveny is a Senior Crown Counsel with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, and has spent his entire career working and teaching in the legal sector. In 2014, he was hired as the province's first Crown attorney dedicated to workplace incidents.

About WorkShift

On WorkShift, we’re putting leaders in workplace safety on the mic to talk about health and safety, but most of all, leadership in a world that has changed forever. Hear the stories behind their successes and failures, and how they’re meeting the same challenges you may be facing.

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