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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|

DAY OF MOURNING

Poster Download     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 [...]

April 6th, 2017|news|

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|

Saskatchewan’s 2016 workplace time loss injury rate lowest in 64 years

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 percent, an 11.9 percent drop from 2015, and a significant decrease from 2008 when the total injury rate was 10.21 percent. The Time Loss injury rate decreased from 2.07 percent to 1.86 percent. Time loss claims fell by 604 claims to 7,813. Total claims fell 2,220 from 2015, an 8.69 percent 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 Saskatchewan and its goal “Mission: Zero” [...]

March 15th, 2017|news|

WorkSafe produced 4 videos to address common injuries in manufacturing and to provide solutions

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 [...]

March 9th, 2017|news|

WorkSafe launches new classroom course: Effective Measurement for Safety

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.

January 16th, 2017|news|

SASWH Conference & Annual General Meeting 2017

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.

January 3rd, 2017|news|

CSSE OHSE Student Writing Awards Program

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 [...]

November 21st, 2016|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|