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A Workers Compensation Board report backs up CUPE 3523 president Bill Zemans claim that just 15 minutes of safety training could have saved the life of a member.

Pat Mullan, 56, died in August after falling from an elementary school roof where he had been repairing a skylight. The WCB report noted that Mullan had never received proper extension ladder training.

We have been demanding for years that the WCB and the Kelowna school board do more to address safety violations, Zeman said. But our presentations have been ignored.

He cited other incidents where members have suffered broken backs, amputations and other serious injuries. It should not take a death to drive home the obvious: we are unsafe in our school workplaces.