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Youth learn about workplace safety, up close and personal

Youth learn about workplace safety, up close and personal Landing a job can be exciting — especially for a young person who may be new to the work world. New workers are excited to earn a paycheque and please their boss. The possibility of getting hurt on the job isn’t necessarily on their radar. But the reality is that young people do get injured at work — their risk of injury is greater than someone who is older and more experienced in the same position. About 3,500 people under the age of 25 are injured on the job in Saskatchewan each year and three will die from a work-related incident. To educate and inform young people about safe work practices, WorkSafe Saskatchewan recently met with 4,600 students at 16 schools in Regina and Saskatoon. Called the Work2Live Tour, the event featured motivational speaker and injured worker, Spencer Beach. Spencer shared [...]

2019-12-31T12:05:26-06:00December 12th, 2019|news|

Reducing the risk of motor vehicle collisions

Reducing the risk of motor vehicle collisions Last year, more than 600 people in Saskatchewan were injured in motor vehicle collisions while on the job. Sadly, there were eight work-related motor vehicle deaths in 2018, and motor vehicle collisions are the second leading cause of workplace deaths in the province after asbestos-related diseases. To better understand the root causes of these tragedies, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) joined forces with SGI to compare WCB collision data with crash data from SGI claims (from 2009 to 2017). What emerged from the study was an informative risk profile — factors that are most likely to cause work-related motor vehicle crashes with injuries or fatalities. They include: Driver behaviour. Driver inexperience and confusion, weather and taking evasive actions are some of the contributors to collisions with injuries and fatalities. Other behaviours that contribute to motor vehicle collisions include distracted driving, alcohol impairment, [...]

2019-12-12T12:13:43-06:00November 21st, 2019|news|

WorkSafe educates Sask. public about asbestos risks

WorkSafe educates Sask. public about asbestos risks REGINA, SK – As homeowners and contractors prepare to begin renovation projects in the new year, WorkSafe Saskatchewan is continuing to educate the public on the risks of asbestos exposure in residential and commercial properties. Asbestos-related diseases are the leading cause of workplace deaths in Saskatchewan, causing 25 per cent of all workplace-related deaths over the last 10 years. Occupational disease-related fatalities are often diagnosed years after a workplace exposure and account for 44 per cent of this year’s workplace fatalities as of Oct. 31, 2018. Despite increased awareness of the hazards presented by asbestos exposure, it is expected that some workers in the province will be exposed, putting them at risk of disease or death decades into the future. “A lot of people aren’t aware that they might have asbestos in their homes or their offices. When asbestos is disturbed during renovations, [...]

2019-04-02T14:32:40-06:00December 13th, 2018|news|