“Even when every precaution is taken, unexpected incidents can occur, and we have procedures in place to support an appropriate and rapid response,” said a statement issued Monday. “At this time, our focus is on supporting the injured staff member, staff who responded and the youth in our care.” The organization added there wouldn’t be further comment on active investigations. Labour Minister Christina Gray called the incident “horrible.” “I’ve been saying since becoming minister that everyone should be able to go to work and come home safely, and what happened to this woman should not happen to any Alberta employee,” she said. An OHS investigation can take months, but Gray said the government will apply everything it learns from that report “to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” Gray said the government is planning to soon review Alberta’s labour legislation, including OHS. “We’re looking forward to modernizing Alberta’s labour legislation and doing absolutely everything we can to keep workers safe,” she said. “We are moving forward as quickly as we can because we see this is a huge priority.” Both teens arrested in connection with the incident are known to police. At least one weapon was used in the assault, which left the victim with serious injuries. She was airlifted to hospital and, on Monday, was in a stable condition. Police told Postmedia on Sunday there was a delay in staff finding the injured worker. Just last week, the Justice Ministry released a fatality inquiry report into the death of Camrose care worker Valerie Wolski , who was strangled by Terrence Wade Saddleback in 2011. Recommendations included in that report, written by Judge Bart Rosborough, highlighted a number of failures that led to Wolski’s death, including proper accreditation for organizations dealing with patients with complex needs and a tracking system for fatality inquiry recommendations. It’s not clear who runs Elk Island Child & Youth Ranch, though Human Services said it was likely a contract service provider for the ministry.
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