The Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada released a report that depicts the number of illnesses and injuries per industry, and the results are a little concerning with injuries reported in 2017 at over 250,000 cases. Industries such as Health and Social Services and Manufacturing are notorious for their high levels of risk and the figures support it. A strange result, however, is the high number of injuries and illness for those in Communication and Other Utilities...
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You don't need to work surrounded by heavy machinery to face serious health and safety risks, just know that regulatory attention to the extreme end of the workplace hazard spectrum is increasing. It is important to remember that every job comes with potential hazards.
Ambient noise is all around us. Most workplaces are moderately noisy with the buzz of conversation, office equipment, and ringing phones; this type of noise typically registers at around 60 decibels (dB). With each decibel, the noise levels increase exponentially, so 70 dB is actually ten times louder than common office noise.
It came as a surprise when one of our clients recently introduced us to a colleague as The Safety Guru in Niagara. What precipitated this very flattering introduction and what has WSG done to receive such praise? A few years ago, Workplace Safety Group created a Heads and Hands portrayal of who we are, why we do what we do and our values as a health and safety resource company. What follows is the introduction to that précis.
National Day of Mourning occurs annually on April 28th in Canada in recognition of all the workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to their workplace hazards and/or exposures. We use this day to pay our respects and to promote making workplaces safe and healthy to prevent future workplace incidents.
Our Safety Advice On-Call line is a free service offered by the Workplace Safety Group Safety team to companies and organizations with limited OH&S resource support. By placing a call, you will be connected, within 24 hours, to the Specialist/Senior Consultant best qualified to assist you.
A company experiencing an employee injury with direct costs of $5,000 is expected to carry indirect costs of approximately $20,000, bringing the total cost to $25,000. Based on a profit margin of 10%, it would take that company $250,000 of revenue creation (and collection) to offset expenses.
Whether it is working dangerously or allowing a worker, known to work unsafely, to continue working, there is no excuse if the worker causes an accident. This is an example of the proverbial ostrich sticking its head in the sand or “it won’t happen to me” syndrome.