Violence responsible for 4% of workplace injuries reported to WCB in 2016 936 claims reported due to violence 2 workplace deaths in 2016 due to violence REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Saskatchewan Association of Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) announced a province-wide initiative today to address workplace injuries due to violence. “Workers shouldn’t go to work and feel threatened by violence,” says Shelly McFadden, Director of Prevention at the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). “That’s why the WCB is partnering in this violence prevention initiative.” There were 936 claims reported to the WCB due to violence in 2016. WCB has identified five sectors where acts of violence and aggression are within the top five causes of injury to workers: Healthcare, Social Services, Education, Hospitality, Policing and Corrections. The development of the Provincial Violence Prevention Framework will be led by SASWH. SASWH has been tracking [...]
Regina, SK: WorkSafe Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the 2017 Youth Video Contest winners. WorkSafe Saskatchewan invited Saskatchewan filmmakers in Grades 9 to 12 to create a 2-minute video using the theme “Focus on Safety”. The 2017 Youth Video Contest winners are: First place: Focus on Safety by Shannen Garibay and Maria Himbeault (teacher Faron Hrynewich), Clavet Composite School, Clavet. Second place: Shortcuts Cut Life Short by Braydon Wilkes, Jon Raedeke, (teacher Michael Brouet), Winston Knoll High Collegiate, Regina. Third place: WCB Mission Zero Car Video by Riley Lyons, Dani Shmatov, Manav Karwal and Carson Zikman (teacher Michael Brouet), Winston Knoll High Collegiate, Regina. A five person judging panel that included two Occupational Health officers, a film teacher and two representatives from the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board choose the winners. The videos are judged on the overall workplace health and safety message, creativity, originality, and production. WorkSafe Saskatchewan will present [...]
Remembering workers injured or killed on the job; committing to keeping each other safe The Labour Councils around the province have organized the following events. We encourage all locals to support and attend the event in your area. Estevan & District Labour Committee –Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 28th in front of the Court House (1016 4th Street) in Estevan at 5:00pm. For information contact Sammy Dryden at 306-421-6637. Humboldt & District Labour Council – No information available at this time. Moose Jaw & District Labour Council – Ceremony will take place Friday, April 28th at 5:30pm at the Moose Jaw Union Centre (1402 Caribou St. W) in front of the building. For more information contact Joe Murrell at 306-631-2946 North Battleford & District Labour Council – No information available at this time. Prince Albert & District Labour Council – No information available at this time. Regina & [...]
This April and May, communities across Canada will don yellow t-shirts and walk 5K to support families affected by workplace tragedy. The Steps for Life Walk is the primary fundraising event for Threads of Life. The money raised supports programs and services for families who have suffered a workplace loss. The walk brings awareness to communities about the effects of workplace tragedies and helps promote the importance of health and safety in the workplace. Enter as an individual, join a team or create your own group. It only takes 5 minutes to register and 3 minutes to get started with online donations. Register before April 15 and save! Early bird registration fee (up to April 15): $10 Regular registration fee (after April 15): $15 Important links Regina Walk – Sunday, May 7 Registration 10:00 a.m. Walk begins at 11:00 a.m. Wascana Park Saskatoon Walk – Sunday, May 7 Registration 12:00 [...]
WorkSafe Saskatchewan presented the 2017 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards today in Saskatoon. 2017 Safe Worker Award WorkSafe Saskatchewan presents the Safe Worker award to a worker who goes beyond the expectations of their position to help create a safer workplace. The 2017 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Worker award winner is Heidi McCaskill, a parts person with Cervus Equipment Peterbilt, Regina, SK. Heidi is the worker co-chair on the Cervus Equipment occupational health and safety committee. Heidi is always looking for ways to improve the safety culture at Cervus. She implemented the project to repaint the pit shop with traction paint. She has instituted safety signage and orders the appropriate safety supplies within budget. Heidi maintains the equipment that keeps her co-workers safe, including fire extinguishers, eye wash units and replacing face and grinder guards when necessary. The two finalists for the 2017 Safe Worker Award are Jim Brown from [...]
Total injury rate drops 11.9% from 2015 • Total injury rate 5.55% • Time Loss injury rate 1.86% • 85.7% of rate codes have a lower total injury rate than in 2015 • 88% of Saskatchewan employers achieved zero injuries • Saskatchewan 3rd-highest in Canada for workplace injuries The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) officially released its 2016 injury rates. The total workplace injury rate for 2016 was 5.55 per cent, an 11.9 per cent drop from 2015, and a significant decrease from 2008 when the total injury rate was 10.21 per cent. The Time Loss injury rate decreased from 2.07 per cent to 1.86 per cent. Time loss claims fell by 604 claims to 7,813. Total claims fell 2,220 from 2015, an 8.69 per cent decrease. The WCB’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Federko credits the injury prevention efforts of employers, workers, partners, and the WCB’s own partnership in WorkSafe [...]
The Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers (SASM), in partnership with WorkSafe Saskatchewan and the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan (CAS), is striving to prevent ergonomic injuries in Manufacturing. Did you know: Poor ergonomic practices cause 40% of the time loss injuries in Manufacturing. The average back injury from poor ergonomic practices costs $4000. This does not include the uninsured costs such as lost time and lost productivity. The average duration for a back injury claim is 20 days. The average cost of a shoulder injury due to poor ergonomic practices is $17,000, and the average duration is 66 days. As part of the project, OHS ergonomists are visiting manufacturers, surveying the workers about existing pain and evaluating work stations and tasks to help prevent injuries in the future. WorkSafe has produced 4 videos to address common injuries in manufacturing and to provide solutions. Check the videos out on WorkSafe’s YouTube page [...]
You can’t improve what you can’t measure. This 2-day course will assist employers in understanding the benefits of keeping safety statistics — the why, what and where to find the information, the applicable legislation, data management, training, communication, and continuous improvement necessary to track injury data and prevent injuries through maintaining a safety measurement system. Course materials include tools to help you set up and maintain your own tracking system. Saskatoon March 14/15 April 18/19 Regina March 28/29 April 26/27 Please contact us for more information or to register.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! The conference will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017, at TCU Place in Saskatoon. The theme for the conference is: Psychological Safety - Teamwork Leverages Improvement. Senior leaders, occupational health & safety professionals, and employees within the healthcare industry - don't miss this opportunity to attend an exciting industry event on March 23, 2017, in Saskatoon. This conference is an all-day, healthcare-related event, hosted by SASWH, which will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about psychological safety and how positive teams can assist to leverage improvements and transform culture within the healthcare industry. Register early as space is limited! Please visit here for information about the keynote speakers. Complete your on-line registration here.
CSSE OHSE Student Writing Awards Program This is a reminder of the annual CSSE OHSE Student Writing Awards Program submission deadline of April 30, 2017. The Program supports excellence in writing by Canadian students registered in a one, two, or three year OHSE program (full-time or part-time) at an accredited college or university in Canada. The purpose of the OHSE Student Writing Awards Program is to stimulate interest among OHSE students in the exposition or argument for or against, or research on, OHSE issues and to recognize outstanding achievement in this endeavor. The awards program also gives post-secondary students the opportunity to research OHSE issues, develop ideas, or bring proposals for reform to the attention of the safety community. Writing may stem from assignments in an OHSE course or be separate, original, self-generated compositions of interest to the student (3,000 words or less). Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017 For more [...]