Saskatchewan is rolling out a three-year strategy to reduce the number of workplace injuries and fatalities in four key areas including, asbestos exposure, work-related motor vehicle crashes, firefighter cancer exposure and falls from heights.
The Fatalities and Serious Injuries Strategy will focus on priority industries and occupations where the greatest number of injures to workers are reported. About 2,400 Saskatchewan workers are seriously injured each year and from 2010-2018 the WCB reported 354 fatalities for workers who died on, or as a result of their job.
“Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely unacceptable and leave a devastating impact on loved ones,” said Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan. “I’m pleased that we have been able to work together with a number of stakeholders to develop a strategy with concrete actions that will help to reduce the number of workplace fatalities and injuries.”
This is the product of WorkSafe Saskatchewan, which is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety.