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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|

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|

Asbestos: What you need to know before renovating your home or workplace

Asbestos: What you need to know before renovating your home or workplace You’ve planned your project, set your budget, hired a contractor and got your building permit. You’re ready to begin your big reno but…hold on! Have you got the all-clear on asbestos? If you’re like a lot of Saskatchewan residents, you might not think you’re at risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in many residential and commercial building materials from the 1950s to the 1990s because of its strong fibres and resistance to fire. If your reno includes removing materials that contain asbestos, such as floor tiles, plaster, vinyl sheet flooring or blown-in insulation, you or your contractor(s) could inadvertently breathe in the invisible asbestos fibres that are released into the air when asbestos is disturbed. (Materials that are in good condition, with asbestos securely enclosed, don’t pose a threat unless you [...]

2020-09-15T16:30:55-06:00October 23rd, 2019|news|

The top five trucking tasks that can lead to injury

The top five trucking tasks that can lead to injury Independence, decent pay and travel are just some of the perks of being a truck driver. On the flipside, without proper safety training, experience and abiding by safety laws and rules, the job can be downright risky. The trucking, courier and commercial bus industry in Saskatchewan had the third highest Time Loss injury rate in the province compared to other industries in 2018. And in 2018, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) accepted more than 1,000 injury claims for the industry. So what trucking tasks are the riskiest? WorkSafe Saskatchewan partnered with the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) to take a deep dive into trucking hazards and identified 13 tasks that lead to injury the most often. Here are the top five: Moving freight Injuries from moving freight — particularly from lifting cargo — happen the most frequently and include slips, [...]

2019-12-12T12:14:16-06:00September 26th, 2019|news|

Asbestos exposure is leading cause of work-related deaths in Sask.

Asbestos exposure is leading cause of work-related deaths in Sask. WorkSafe launches asbestos awareness campaign to educate the public REGINA, SK, Aug. 27, 2019 – Many homes and buildings in Saskatchewan were built before 1990, so they might contain asbestos. This means contractors and homeowners planning renovations could be putting themselves at risk of asbestos exposure, if they don’t take the proper steps before starting a construction project. Asbestos-related diseases remain the leading cause of work-related deaths in Saskatchewan, accounting for 23 per cent of the 388 work-related deaths in Saskatchewan from 2009 to 2018. This is why WorkSafe Saskatchewan – the partnership between the WCB and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety – has a provincial awareness campaign underway to educate the public on the danger of asbestos. “Many people don’t realize they might have asbestos in their building and homes and could be inadvertently exposed to [...]

2019-12-12T12:15:31-06:00August 27th, 2019|news|

New resources support first responders’ mental health

New resources support first responders’ mental health The number of workplace mental health issues in Saskatchewan is rising, and if you’re a first responder, the risk is even greater. Firefighters, police, paramedics and others in the field are regularly exposed to traumatic events, which means they experience more work-related psychological injuries. First responders are four times more likely than the general population to experience mental health issues, according to research. Now, there’s comprehensive mental health supports you can access at www.saskfirstrespondersmentalhealth.ca. Developed jointly by WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan First Responders’ Mental Health Committee and its first responder partners, this new website for workers and employers features resources for managing work pressures, becoming psychologically resilient and building a supportive community. Improving mental health The website provides first responder organizations and professionals with easy access to the following materials: Phone numbers for confidential 24/7 crisis support centres Information on mental health support [...]

2019-12-12T12:15:36-06:00August 21st, 2019|news|

Resources support mental health

Resources support mental health The number of workplace mental health issues in Saskatchewan is rising. From 2016 to 2018, mental health claims to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board increased by 142 per cent. WorkSafe Saskatchewan is empowering employers with more tools and resources to better support their employees’ psychological well-being. It has partnered with the University of Fredericton (UFred) to provide workplaces with access to digital courses on handling workplace violence, helping struggling workers, and creating safe, supportive work environments. Geared to both employers and workers and available at a fraction of the standard tuition fee, these offerings include: Enhancing Workplace Resiliency (course) Managing Psychological Health Issues at Work (certificate) Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (advanced certificate) Through another partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), WorkSafe Saskatchewan is providing employers with access to web-based psychological health and safety courses. These courses can help [...]

2019-12-12T12:15:40-06:00August 21st, 2019|news|

Six tips for keeping cool on the job

Six tips for keeping cool on the job It’s finally summer in Saskatchewan! And while the heat and humidity may be great if you’re by a pool or lake, it can be challenging — and potentially dangerous — if you work outside. Heat exhaustion can come on quickly when the body overheats to 40 C. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, nausea, headache, clammy skin and intense thirst. Worse, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, a more serious condition that can cause brain damage, unconsciousness and even death. So how can you protect yourself (or your employees) from heat hazards at work? Here are some pointers, whether the work happens outdoors or inside under hot conditions. Acclimatize. If you’re new to the job or you’ve been away from work for a week or more, give your body a chance to adapt to the hot working conditions. According to the Canadian [...]

2019-12-12T12:15:43-06:00July 25th, 2019|news|