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Steps for Life – Walk for families of workplace tragedy on May 7

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 [...]

March 29th, 2017|news|

2017 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards presented

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 [...]

March 20th, 2017|news|

Yorkton Plumbing and Heating – Committed to safety at work and at home

Yorkton Plumbing and Heating is a WorkSafe Saskatchewan 2016 Safe Employer finalist. Chris Wyatt has been in charge of safety at Yorkton Plumbing and Heating for the last four years. Owner Justin Yawney brought Chris on to the team to build the growing company’s safety program. With Justin’s support, Chris attained his National Construction Safety Officer designation through the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA). Over the last decade, Yorkton Plumbing and Heating has grown and expanded its services. With a larger and younger workforce, keeping employees safe and preventing injuries has become a priority for the company. “We have a young workforce, a lot of young journeymen,” explains Wyatt. “Our number one priority has always been to take care of our workers. We want them to go home at the end of the day and be able to hug their children, to take them fishing on the weekends, or to [...]

October 21st, 2016|news|

WorkSafe Saskatchewan launches 2017 Youth Video Contest

High school students encouraged to #FocusonSafety Regina, SK – WorkSafe Saskatchewan announces the 2017 Youth Video Contest, inviting Saskatchewan students in Grades 9 to 12 to create a 2-minute video focusing on workplace safety. When focusing on safety, students can help Saskatchewan achieve Mission: Zero – zero injuries, zero fatalities, zero suffering. Workers under 25 are at the highest risk for being injured on the job. In Saskatchewan, approximately 6,000 young workers are injured each year. When students make a video focusing on safety, they are more knowledgeable before entering the workforce. They are aware that they have rights and responsibilities in the workplace. The contest awards student and school prizes for the top three videos:   1st place 2nd place 3rd place Student/Team $1,000 $750 $500 School $1,500 $1,000 $750 Students have until March 31, 2017 to submit their videos. WorkSafe Saskatchewan encourages students to promote the contest and [...]

October 17th, 2016|news|

Heidi McCaskill – The Ultimate Workplace Safety Mom

Heidi McCaskill, a receptionist with Cervus Equipment, was a WorkSafe Saskatchewan 2016 Safe Worker finalist. Cervus Equipment encourages and promotes safety in the workplace. The safety culture has progressed and evolved over the years. Cervus signed the Saskatchewan Health and Safety Leadership Charter in 2014, acknowledging their commitment to Mission: Zero. Since becoming a Charter member, Cervus has implemented safety goals, focusing on what they can do to reach Mission: Zero. “It’s like a performance review for the company – how can you make Cervus safer – not just how can you be a better employee, but how can you make our workplace safer. And it holds management accountable” “It helps having management’s support and leadership,” says Heidi. “They’re often busy with other things. It’s good when employees can come to me with their concerns. They sometimes feel that it’s not important enough to involve management and their time. I’ll [...]

October 6th, 2016|news|

Rack Petroleum – Committed to Health and Safety

A commitment to health and safety is an integral part of Rack Petroleum’s success. Everyone at the Rack, as the employees and customers affectionately call it, works together to prevent injury to themselves and others. Their proactive stance on safety has a lot to do with Safety Officer Kevin McNicholls. Safety is commonplace at the Rack. To acknowledge their commitment to safety and to Mission: Zero, Rack Petroleum signed the Saskatchewan Health and Safety Leadership Charter in 2015. “As safety leaders in our community, our intention is to promote safety and get others in the community involved in Mission: Zero,” say Kevin. “Yes, we’re promoting the company, but more importantly, we’re promoting safety.” In Kevin’s eight years at the Rack, he has brought safety to the forefront of every employee’s activities. When Kevin first began at the Rack, he worked at the fertilizer plant for two years until he suffered [...]

October 6th, 2016|news|

WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s Youth Video Contest winners announced

WorkSafe Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the 2016 Youth Video Contest winners. The 2016 Youth Video Contest winners are: First place: Workplace Safety: It’s your Job by Shannen Garibay and Maria Himbeault (teacher Faron Hrynewich), Clavet Composite School, Clavet. Second place: Bad Sitter by Lucille Arndt, Breanna Beals, Nash Brogden, Daniel Carifelle, Eva Desnomie, Erika Madarash, Tanner Miller, Taylor Stasuik and Kieran Zwolinski (teacher Anne Welles), Campus Regina Public (Cochrane), Regina. Third place: One Mistake by Dylan Haussecker and Hunter Martin (teacher Curtis Buhs), Watson School, Watson WorkSafe Saskatchewan judges the video entries based on creativity, originality, production value and the overall workplace health and safety message. WorkSafe Saskatchewan invited Saskatchewan filmmakers in Grades 9 to 12 to create a 2-minute video using the theme “It’s Your Job”. WorkSafe Saskatchewan will present the winning videos at the annual NAOSH week luncheons in Regina and Saskatoon, May 2 and 3. You [...]

April 26th, 2016|news|

2016 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards presented

WorkSafe Saskatchewan presented the 2016 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards today in Regina. 2016 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 2016 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Worker award winner is Lanny Storey, a journeyperson scaffolder with AREVA Resources Canada Inc., Saskatoon, SK. Lanny designed a change to the work area to eliminate the risk of hazardous gases in the work area. He had an overflow pipe installed to prevent the release of hazardous gas. This change removed the need to wear respirators and allows Lanny and his co-workers to work in the area safely. The two finalists for the 2016 Safe Worker Award are Heidi McCaskill from ­­­­­­­­­­Cervus Equipment, Peterbilt, Regina, and Paul Price, who works at the North Battleford Youth Centre, Ministry of Justice (Corrections). 2016 Safe Employer [...]

April 25th, 2016|news|

Celebrate NAOSH Week May 1 to 7

Together, we can create a culture of health and safety in Saskatchewan that eliminates all work-related illnesses, injuries and deaths. Join us for one of two luncheons in support of North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. This year we are pleased to welcome Kevin Burns as our keynote speaker. Kevin believes that when people develop their personal leadership skills, they make different choices. Kevin's fresh approach of fun, humour, stories and life-changing safety leadership strategies helps people choose safety as a personal value. Safety is an attitude - a lifestyle choice. Regina: Monday, May 2 Conexus Arts Centre 200 Lakeshore Drive 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets $40 Saskatoon: Tuesday, May 3 Prairieland Park - Terrace Room 503 Ruth Street West 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets $40 Registration deadline: Friday, April 22. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for either luncheon, please fill out the registration [...]

April 19th, 2016|news|

WorkSafe Saskatchewan introduces new resource for employers

WorkSafe Saskatchewan, along with its partners, introduces the new Young and New Worker Orientation resource to help Saskatchewan employers familiarize new and young workers to workplace safety. Young workers are more likely to be hurt in the workplace than adults. On average, 6,000 people under the age of 25 are injured on the job each year. To get this number down – to reach Mission: Zero – WorkSafe Saskatchewan wants employers to focus on workplace safety.

December 9th, 2015|news|