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Workplace fatalities in 2017 trending slightly lower however workplace deaths in Sask. remain unacceptable

REGINA, SK – As 2017 comes to a close, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) confirmed today that as of October 31, 22 lives have been lost in workplaces around the province. “Tragically, another 22 lives were lost this year in Saskatchewan workplaces,” said Phil Germain, Vice-President, Prevention and Employer Services. “But this is not about a number. These are fathers and mothers, sisters, brothers, parents and children whose lives have been cut short and the impact to families and their communities is forever life altering.” 2017 fatalities (as of Oct 31) in Saskatchewan: 4 Motor vehicle crash/aircraft (MVCs) 4 Traumatic 12 Occupational disease 2 Other In 2015, Saskatchewan had the 5th highest number of fatalities in the country. Despite increases in prevention and safety training as well as intervention and safety promotional campaigns throughout the province, the workplace fatality rate remains high. Leading causes of workplace fatalities: Motor vehicle crash (MVCs) & Occupational [...]

November 23rd, 2017|news|

WorkSafe Regional Workshop

Regina, SK - The sixth annual WorkSafe Saskatchewan Regional Workshop is taking place at the Days Inn in Swift Current today. The day will include information on: Organizational Performance Metrics (OPM) Ergonomics: Why do workers get injured? Changes to Marijuana Legislation: Impact on the Workplace The morning features a session on ergonomics and why workers get injured. The afternoon’s featured session is changes to Canadian marijuana legislation and what impact it may have on the workplace. “We are committed to our mission of zero injuries, zero suffering and zero fatalities.” says Shelly McFadden, Director of Prevention. “By bringing this one-day injury prevention workshop to smaller communities like Swift Current, we hope to reach as many people as possible to help us with our goal of Mission: Zero. We are excited to have a few of our past Safe Employer winners, GFL Environmental and Matrix Solutions share their safety journey with [...]

November 2nd, 2017|news|

Worksafe Swift Current Presentation

Changes to Marijuana Legislation Swift Current 2017 Ergonomics 2017 Swift Current Life Cycle of a Claim Nov 2, 2017 Matrix Solutions' Safety Journey Swift Current 2017 Organizational Performance Metric Swift Current 2017 Final

November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

WorkSafe and the SCSA hold Mission: Zero coffee breaks

WorkSafe and the SCSA hold Mission: Zero coffee breaks Over the past few years, the OHS Division has been visiting residential construction sites around Saskatchewan. The officers are finding that only 60 per cent of workers are wearing hard hats and only 64 per cent are wearing fall arrest. WorkSafe Saskatchewan is concerned that this is causing workers to get hurt. So on Sept. 20 and Sept. 26, WorkSafe Saskatchewan partnered with the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) to host Mission: Zero coffee breaks and safety demonstrations at residential construction sites in Regina and Saskatoon. To show the importance of safety glasses, a member of the SCSA performed an eye protection demonstration. The SCSA also did a fall protection demonstration. Construction workers, WCB staff and SCSA team members enjoyed the sunny break to share coffee and doughnuts while talking about safety. Watch our video to learn more.

October 19th, 2017|news|

WorkSafe Saskatchewan launches 2018 Youth Video Contest

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release September 12, 2017 Regina, SK – Lights, camera, action! WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s annual Youth Video Contest for Saskatchewan students in Grade 9 to 12 is now open. Students who create a safety video have a chance to win some big prizes for themselves and for their school. The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to learn about workplace safety. By inspiring young people to focus on safety, youth become aware of the hazards around them. They also learn that just like other workers, they have rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Knowing these things can help save their lives and the lives of those nearby. To enter the contest, students must create a video with the theme, ‘Focus on Safety.’ Students and their school will receive a prize if their video is in the top three selected. The top prize is $1,000 for the [...]

September 12th, 2017|news|

New construction safety app launched in Sask.

Information about Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations is at your fingertips now more than ever. The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) has recently developed and launched a new app that highlights the main OHS legislation as it relates to the construction sector. Covering 20 different parts of OHS legislation, the app uses plain, easy-to-understand language to help ensure that employees and coworkers can no longer say, “I didn’t know” about onsite safety. Links to the legislation and other resources and training are also included in the app. The OHS regulations and Saskatchewan Employment Act are more than 500 pages in length. The app was developed in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and has a web-based and mobile version. The web-based version is available at ohsguide.scsaonline.ca. To download the app from the Apple or Google Play stores, search “SCSA.” For more information, visit SCSA: [...]

September 11th, 2017|news|

Meet the NEW WorkSafe Bob!

WorkSafe Bob shares the Mission: Zero message around Saskatchewan. Enter to win a Rider jersey and safety glasses by posting a safety selfie or a picture of a safe workplace on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Tag #worksafebob and enter by Sept. 30! WorkSafe Saskatchewan Contest Rules and Conditions Contest participants must be 18 years or older. Contest closes September 30th, 2017 at 11:59 CST. Contest winner will be announced October 1st, 2017. Contest winner will be chosen by means of a random draw. Contest winner will be notified publicly on WorkSafe's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Contest winner must claim prize by November 1, 2017. By submitting your picture to WorkSafe's social media and adding #worksafebob, you have agreed to enter the contest. During the contest, WorkSafe or a WorkSafe representative may reach out to you for your permission to use your photo for marketing purposes. This promotion is [...]

August 2nd, 2017|news|

Clavet School Wins National Fan Favourite

May 8, 2017 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) Today, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) announced the winners of the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest: First place: “The Eye” Zach MacMillan-Kenny Riverview High School New Brunswick Second place: “Know Your Limits” Ben MacMillan and Jacob MacDonald Morell Regional High School Prince Edward Island Third place: “Your Right to Set Things Right” Rain Cahigas Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute Manitoba Fan Favourite: “Focus on Safety” Shannen Garibay and Maria Himbeault Clavet Composite School Saskatchewan The video contest challenged high school students across the country to use their creativity to produce an original video that could be used in social media to illustrate to younger workers the importance of working safely on the job. Contestants and their schools had a chance to win cash prizes, provincial/territorial and national recognition, and national entrants [...]

May 8th, 2017|news|

WorkSafe Saskatchewan Announces Youth Video Contest Winners

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 [...]

April 28th, 2017|news|

Workplace Violence 5th Highest Cause of Injury in Saskatchewan

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 [...]

April 27th, 2017|news|