Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of work-related deaths in Saskatchewan

Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of work-related deaths in Saskatchewan WorkSafe Saskatchewan is urging contractors and homeowners to take the proper steps  to protect themselves against the risks of asbestos exposure.   REGINA, SK, Sept. 10, 2020 – Many Saskatchewanians are staying close to home these days, which means construction projects, renovations and repairs are likely in full swing. WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, is urging contractors and homeowners to take the proper steps to protect themselves and others against the risks of asbestos exposure. “Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of work-related deaths in Saskatchewan” says Kevin Mooney, vice-president of prevention and employer services at the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board. “That’s why WorkSafe launched a new awareness campaign ‘Asbestos kills. It’s best to test.’ We believe this message is critical as some [...]

2020-09-10T17:28:20-06:00September 10th, 2020|news|

WorkSafe Saskatchewan forms partnership with leading Canadian psychological health expert

WorkSafe Saskatchewan forms partnership with leading Canadian psychological health expert WorkSafe and Dr. Joti Samra to launch psychological resource centre this fall Regina, Sask., June 30, 2020 – Mental health injuries are on the rise across our province and our country. To develop a long-term strategy, which will include resources to assist Saskatchewan employers deal with psychological health issues in the workplace, WorkSafe Saskatchewan has formed a partnership with Dr. Joti Samra, one of Canada’s foremost psychological health and wellness experts. WorkSafe is the workplace injury prevention partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. “We’re very excited to partner with Dr. Samra to develop a long-term psychological health and safety strategy for the province. Part of the initiative within the strategy will be to develop a resource centre available on WorkSafe’s website, which will include not only written [...]

2020-06-30T15:34:42-06:00June 30th, 2020|news|

WorkSafe announces 2020 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Award winners

WorkSafe announces 2020 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Award winners Regina, Sask., May 4, 2020: Today, WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, announced the winners of the 2020 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards. Each year, 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 2020 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Worker Award winner is Tasia Smith, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Regina. The runner-up finalists for the 2020 Safe Worker Award are Dustin Bertsch, Black and McDonald Limited, Saskatoon and Dianne Addley, Canada Post, Saskatoon. The Safe Employer Award is presented to a best practice employer who builds safety into every task. The 2020 Safe Employer Award winner is Northern Mat & Bridge Limited Partnership, Yorkton, Sask. The runner-up finalists for the 2020 Safe Employer Award [...]

2020-05-04T09:13:34-06:00May 4th, 2020|news|

Sask. WCB offers relief measures for employers

  Sask. WCB offers relief measures for employers Premium penalties waived for employers effective April 1 until June 30, 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis Regina, Sask., March 30, 2020 – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is introducing additional relief measures for employers who are unable to pay their WCB premium payments. Effective April 1 until June 30, 2020, the WCB will waive penalties and interest charges for late premium payments. The Government of Saskatchewan announced various measures to support provincial business owners during the COVID-19 crisis. To provide further relief for Saskatchewan employers, the WCB is: Forgiving interest and penalties for late payments on 2020 premiums applied in the month of March. Prioritizing employer payroll revisions to help employers reduce their premiums. Suspending payroll audits until further notice except in situations where an employer may be eligible for a refund. “We are dealing with extraordinary circumstances throughout the province of [...]

2020-03-30T15:45:41-06:00March 30th, 2020|news|

Workers, employers hear from experts on workplace mental health

Workers, employers hear from experts on workplace mental health WorkSafe Sask. hosts second annual psychological health and safety learning event Regina, Sask., Dec. 3, 2019 – In response to the increase in job-related mental health claims in Saskatchewan, WorkSafe Saskatchewan – the partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety – is working to provide resources for workers and employers on psychological health and safety. That is why WorkSafe is hosting the second annual Psychological Health and Safety Workshop, taking place today at the Delta Hotel in Regina. Close to 350 senior leaders, disability and human resource managers from across the province will hear from leading Canadian industry and academic experts at the one-day learning event. “Psychological claims still only represent a small percentage (1.2 per cent) of all the work-related claims submitted to the WCB,” said Annette Goski, the WCB’s [...]

2019-12-03T13:01:28-06:00December 3rd, 2019|news|

Introduction of a new strategy looks to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace

Introduction of a new strategy looks to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace Released on December 2, 2019 Today a new approach to preventing fatalities and serious workplace injuries that looks at high-risk industries and the tasks within those industries was introduced. The three-year Fatalities and Serious Injuries Strategy is the product of WorkSafe Saskatchewan, which is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. “Safety needs to be a priority in every workplace and across all industries,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely unacceptable and leave a devastating impact on loved ones.  I’m pleased that we have been able to work together with a number of stakeholders to develop a strategy with concrete actions that will help to reduce the number of workplace fatalities and injuries.” The strategy [...]

2019-12-20T14:36:02-06:00December 2nd, 2019|news|

Tips to stay safe

Tips to stay safe  Whether you drive to work or for work, it always pays to refresh your driver safety know-how. Here are five tips to help you stay safe behind the wheel: Pay attention. Distracted driving is the No. 1 contributing factor in collisions overall in the province, according to SGI. Key distractions include texting, using voice-activated technologies, eating, drinking, grooming, pets and chatting with passengers. Don’t drive under the influence. Consuming alcohol, drugs or even over-the-counter medications can lead to impaired driving, which is a chief cause of motor vehicle incidents and fatalities on Saskatchewan roadways. Cannabis can impair co-ordination and reaction time, as well as attentiveness and ability to make decisions and judge distances. Keep a safe following distance. To avoid rear-ending the vehicle in front of you, give yourself enough reaction and stopping time. Watch your speed. Speed limit signs indicate the maximum speed you should [...]

2019-12-12T12:13:02-06:00November 22nd, 2019|news|

Reducing the risk of motor vehicle collisions

Reducing the risk of motor vehicle collisions Last year, 578 people in Saskatchewan were injured in motor vehicle collisions while on the job. Sadly, there were four work-related motor vehicle deaths in 201. Motor vehicle crashes 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, following too closely [...]

2020-05-20T13:51:26-06:00November 22nd, 2019|news|

Understanding the whys of motor vehicle collisions

Understanding the whys of motor vehicle collisions This we know: In Saskatchewan, motor vehicle collisions are the second leading cause of workplace deaths overall and the No. 1 cause of acute-related fatalities. What we don’t know as much about is why these tragedies persist. To that end, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has partnered with SGI in a data-sharing agreement that promises to shed more light on the causes of motor vehicle collisions. Specifically, SGI has integrated its motor vehicle crash information with 2009-2017 motor vehicle collision data from the Saskatchewan WCB. “We’re developing a risk profile from the merged data,” says Kevin Mooney, the WCB’s vice-president of prevention and employer services. “We’re looking closely at factors such as driver demographics, road and weather conditions, lighting and crash types. We’re also identifying the industries that experience the majority of motor vehicle collisions.” WorkSafe Saskatchewan, a partnership between the Saskatchewan [...]

2019-12-12T12:13:29-06:00November 22nd, 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|