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Flannery Safety Consulting Turns 7 Years Old

July 6 marks the seventh anniversary for Flannery Safety Consulting!

Time has flown by over the last seven years and a ton of things have happened.

We have gone from a single client in the first few weeks to more than 20 active clients here in the summer of 2022, in spite of the challenges presented by COVID-19 over the last couple years. With the help of our association with BNI Key Connections, business has remained strong through some very tough times and we’re so thankful for the opportunities presented to us!

We have also invested heavily in training and constant improvement.

We have attended the ACSA’s annual safety conference every year since 2013 (including virtual conferences in 2021 and 2022) to stay current on key issues in the health and safety industry. Ongoing training is a fundamental principle of the company, with a target for all staff to log at least 30 hours of training every year.

Speaking of staff, as announced recently, Flannery Safety added a new consultant in May. Brian Hlushko has jumped right in and is already providing excellent service to several of our clients.

It hasn’t been a perfect journey. There have been bumps along the road and hopefully we’ve learned valuable lessons on how to do our work better long the way. But the trajectory has continued to go in the right direction.

Flannery Safety Consulting remains committed to providing excellent service to our clients now and into the future.

For inquiries, please contact Jim at 403-715-4162 or via email at jim@flannerysafetyconsulting.com.

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Flannery Safety Consulting Is Growing

Flannery Safety Consulting is growing!

Starting in May, the company has added a new staff member. Brian Hlushko has come on board as a Safety Consultant, focusing primarily on helping build safety programs for our clients.

Safety Consultant

Brian was born and raised in Saskatchewan, is married with two kids, was a child actor, and is a self-professed Star Wars nerd.

Brian has been working in the Occupational Health and Safety field in various roles for 10 years. Beginning his career as a Primary Care Paramedic in Saskatchewan, he quickly began offering both pre-hospital care, and various occupational testing services which included audiometric, spirometry, and DOT Drug Alcohol testing.


Brian graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology OHS Program with distinction in 2021. 

Throughout his career he has built custom safety programs for both large and small organizations. In 2021, his program build for the YMCA of Lethbridge obtained a historically high passing score in their COR audit. 

His emergency services foundation provides a unique perspective when assessing risk and potential mechanisms of injury. Through this experience, he has directly seen the multi-generational impacts of a serious injury, illness or fatality. This understanding has motivated Brian to shift his focus to accident and illness prevention, while maintaining effective response strategies should an accident or incident occur. 

Brian believes safety management systems must be holistically built, and designed with a focus on the end user experience. 

For inquiries, please contact Jim at 403-715-4162 or via email at jim@flannerysafetyconsulting.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook  and on Twitter.

Day of Mourning 2022

April 28 is the International Day of Mourning, honouring and remembering the people who were injured or died as a result of occupational injury or disease in the previous year. Started in Canada, it is now observed in over 80 countries.

In Alberta in 2021 there were 178 lives lost due to workplace injury or illness, roughly one every two days.

But this isn’t where the suffering ends: in a typical year about 50,000 workers per year have a WCB claim (ie. an injury severe enough to require the worker to have some sort of medical intervention, from stitches to a life-altering injury). That means roughly three workers in every 100 in Alberta will suffer a serious injury this year.

This is an enormous human cost. It affects the co-workers, family, and friends of injured people, changing their lives in the short and long term as they deal with the injured worker’s inability to do all things s/he used to be able to do. Or worse, dealing with the permanent loss of that individual, looking for answers and closure, and trying to live with that hole in their own lives.

When One Person Suffers, We All Suffer

And then there’s the societal impact. With more than 50,000 serious workplace injuries every year in Alberta, additional pressure is put on our health care system dealing with the immediate injury and subsequent rehabilitation. Houses have to be renovated at huge cost to accommodate people who lose the use of their legs. Workers who miss time due to injury are compensated by WCB, which costs Alberta companies more than a billion┬ádollars every year in premiums.

In my line of work I’ve seen many serious injuries, from lacerations to partial amputations, to crushed fingers to broken bones to burns. I’ve seen first-hand what damage injuries in the workplace can do and the harm they do not only to the injured workers but to the people around them. Some people never recover from the physical injuries; even more never really recover from the psychological damage. I remain in this business because I’m committed to helping reduce the severity of injuries or prevent them entirely so fewer people have to deal with this trauma.

On April 28, please be sure to take a moment to think about all the people whose lives have been affected or stolen from them by workplace incidents.