WorkSafe Saskatchewan has introduced a new approach to preventing fatalities and serious workplace injuries, one that looks at high-risk industries and the tasks within them.
The three-year Fatalities and Serious Injuries Strategy is the product of WorkSafe Saskatchewan, a partnership between Saskatchewan WCB and the province’s Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.
“Safety needs to be a priority in every workplace, and across all industries,” says Saskatchewan Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan. “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 stakeholders to develop a strategy with concrete actions.”
Approximately 2,400 workers in the province are seriously injured each year, and from 2010 to 2018 Saskatchewan WCB reported 354 fatalities for workers who died on, or as a result of, their job. The three-year strategy outlines targets to reduce the numbers, and the actions that will be taken to achieve this.
The four injury priority areas are asbestos exposure, work related motor vehicle crashes, firefighter cancer exposure and falls from heights.
“Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility and this strategy looks to build on the work that is already taking place,” adds Saskatchewan WCB Board Chair Gord Dobrowolsky. “If we are to be successful, we need to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders so workers go home safely each day.”
The full strategy is available here on the WorkSafe Saskatchewan website.