Serious Injuries and Fatalities

WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the partnership between the Saskatchewan WCB and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, has challenged its traditional approach to fatalities and serious injuries. This three-year strategy reflects the complexity of these issues.

No employer, worker, coworker or family member ever wants a fatality or serious injury to occur in the workplace, but it’s happening. From 2010 to 2018, the Saskatchewan WCB accepted 354 fatalities for Saskatchewan workers who died while on, or as a result of, their job. Based on a new WCB internal definition of a serious injury, data indicates that from 2010 to 2018, 22,594 workers suffered a serious injury, which often resulted in life-altering implications for the individual and their family.

Frequently asked questions

  • Saskatchewan has one of the highest time loss injury rates across Canada and that is unacceptable.
  • Approximately 2,400 Saskatchewan workers are seriously injured each year and the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) accepted 354 fatalities between 2010 and 2018.
  • We need a plan to reduce these numbers and begin addressing workplace serious injuries and fatalities.

This three-year strategy builds on the work that has already been started but takes a new approach to setting targets to reduce injuries and fatalities and outlines the actions associated.

  • Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.
  • WorkSafe Saskatchewan will focus on implementing the three-year strategy.
  • The strategy outlines key targets and actions that will be taken to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities.
  • It is not a strategy that WorkSafe Saskatchewan can implement on its own; it will take a concerted effort from a number of stakeholders.
  • These areas were chosen because they had some of the highest work-related injury rates.
  • From 2010 to 2018 the health care industry accounted for 20 per cent of the serious injuries provincially; during this time the transportation industry had the second highest percentage at 7.75.
  • The strategy prioritizes hand, shoulder/back, arm and leg injuries.
  • Hands are the most injured part of the body in Saskatchewan workplaces, accounting for approximately 20 per cent of all claims accepted by the WCB.
  • There is no one reason why, but it is unacceptable to have workers going home at the end of the day with injuries or having died because of an injury or the work they were doing.
  • Having a three-year strategy in place that looks at ways to address key areas will hopefully see the number of serious injuries and fatalities drop.
  • We are committed to Mission: Zero – zero injuries, zero fatalities and zero suffering.
  • The strategy builds on the work that has already been underway.
  • A specific budget has not been set out for the strategy because it does not involve just the WCB and the ministry, but stakeholders in a variety of areas as well.
  • Some of the educational and awareness components of the work will be in the form of awareness campaigns that will use funds from the WCB.
  • Through WorkSafe Saskatchewan, seven public awareness campaigns have taken place in 2019. Those campaigns focused on:
    • Promoting a number of online courses for workers and employers to take to create psychologically healthy workplaces, as well as preventing violence in the workplace.
    • Generating awareness for Saskatchewan first responders, their families, friends and coworkers on new resources for mental health through the Saskatchewan First Responders’ Mental Health Committee website.
    • Raising awareness among residential construction workers on the risks of asbestos exposure and to encourage workers to have buildings and homes inspected before starting any repairs, renovations, demolitions or additions.
    • Educating workers and employers on the importance of fall protection on construction worksites through a partnership with the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association.
    • Generating awareness for motor vehicle safety and the contributing factors to work-related motor vehicle collisions in the province through a partnership with SGI and Saskatchewan Roughrider Dan Clark.
    • Educating youth on their rights and responsibilities at their workplace.
    • Promoting WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s Safe Worker and Safe Employer Award nominations for 2020 that focus on workers and employers who make safety a priority in their workplace.
  • LRWS is looking at options for posting successfully prosecuted fatality information to a website.
  • LRWS officers undertake workplace inspections and enforcement activities:
Worksite Visits by WSV Type 2019-20 YTD (Aug. 31)
Targeted Employers 1,213
Officer Initiated 448
Complaints 384
Notifications, Harassment, etc. 209
Total Worksite Visits 2,254
Worksite Visits by Report Type 2019-20 YTD (Aug.31)
Notice of Contravention 1,043
Compliance Undertaking 152
Officer’s Report 876
Note to File 183
Total Reports Issued 2,254
Read the Fatalities and Serious Injuries Strategy report