News from our Members

  • WorkSafeBC: Last year, over 7,000 young workers were injured on the job May 30, 2022 Worksafe BC

    As summer approaches, WorkSafeBC is reminding young workers about their rights — and employers about their responsibilities

     As large numbers of young people begin entering the workforce for summer jobs, WorkSafeBC cautions that young and new workers are vulnerable to injury at work.

    In 2021, WorkSafeBC accepted 7,125 claims related to injuries from young workers. Injuries were most likely to occur in service-sector jobs (2,801 claims), followed by retail and wholesale (1,335 claims), and construction (1,258 claims). In the last five years, 16 young workers have died in workplace incidents.

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  • WorkSafeNB: Disability Awareness Week – May 29 to June 4, 2022 May 27, 2022

    Disability Awareness Week (DAW) continues the tradition of National Access Awareness Week first established in 1988 to promote better community access for people with disabilities.

    DAW was inspired by Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour 35 years ago. This year’s campaign is “Adapt – Improvise – Overcome!”

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  • Saskatchewan WCB shares 2021 results at annual general meeting May 18, 2022

    Today, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) shared an overview of the WCB’s operating and financial results at its annual general meeting (AGM), held virtually in Regina. The WCB’s executive team also provided attendees with 2021 workplace injuries and fatalities statistics and provided a plan that will transform the way customers are served at the WCB.

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  • Safety speaker and former Sask. Roughrider shares the power of habit on day two of WCB Compensation Institute May 18, 2022

    Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Dan Comiskey knows what it’s like to lose a loved one while working on the job. In 2001, Comiskey’s brother was electrocuted and killed while working as an electrical lineman because he was wearing the wrong gloves. Comiskey’s family also experienced a workplace tragedy when his father-in-law was hit on the head by a piece of rock while on his first day on the job at a mine in the Northwest Territories. Now a professional safety speaker, Comiskey uses his world of sports and family to spread the message of creating habits to keep all workers safe at work.

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  • Saskatchewan WCB: Mental health and burnout lead key topics at safety leadership conference May 17, 2022 Continue reading →
  • Saskatchewan WCB’s 2022 Compensation Institute agenda includes workplace mental health, addiction and resiliency May 12, 2022

    Mental health, addiction and resiliency are prevalent in many workplaces in Saskatchewan and across the country. Joe Roberts has struggled with both, but in less than 12 years, he went from being homeless to being a celebrated CEO on the cover of Canadian Business.

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  • WCB Nova Scotia: Looking back 30 years, ahead to a safer workplace (May 9/22) May 9, 2022

    The opinion editorial below from Ava Czapalay, deputy minister, Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, and Stuart MacLean, CEO, WCB Nova Scotia, appeared in Saltwire publications today.

    There are some things in life that you notice most for their absence.

    Workplace safety is one of them. When a workplace safety program is not in place, we all know the tragic outcomes that can occur.

    Last week was Safety and Health Week, a time when we highlight the importance of bringing safety talks into the public light as a matter of routine practice.

    The first week of May is set aside to focus on workplace health and safety, and renew our commitment. You’ll see, from the statistics released this year, that while we have made progress, we still have work to do.

    Together, we challenge Nova Scotians to make workplace health a priority — this past week, and always.

    There are two anniversaries that make this year’s health and safety week particularly poignant in Nova Scotia.

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  • WCB Nova Scotia: Province Marks 30th Anniversary of Westray Mine Disaster (May 9/22) May 9, 2022

    Province Marks 30th Anniversary of Westray Mine Disaster. 

    Three decades have passed since an explosion at a mine in Plymouth, Pictou County, killed 26 workers. Today, May 9, Nova Scotians will gather to mark the 30th anniversary of the Westray disaster.

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  • WCB Nova Scotia: New Podcast Launches – WorkShift hosted by Stuart MacLean (May 9/22) May 9, 2022

    Connecting with safety leaders to influence best practice approaches that prevent injuries and support safe and timely return to work is the main thrust behind WCB Nova Scotia’s ongoing strategic outreach activities. Up until now, most of these conversations happened one-on-one, virtually or in person. This week, the WCB will ramp up our efforts to reach more safety leaders, with the launch of our new podcast.

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  • PEI Student Places Second at National Safety Video Contest May 5, 2022

    The Workers Compensation Board of P.E.I. is pleased to announce that Kiera Sharpley, a grade 10 student from Charlottetown Rural, has claimed second place in the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest.

    The video contest challenged youth 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 health and safety at work.

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