2017 WCB AGM
On May 3rd and 4th the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) held their 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Regina and Saskatoon respectively. At the meetings, it was shared that 88 percent of employers reported no injuries, achieving their goal of Mission: Zero. Furthermore, the Time Loss injury rate was the lowest it has been in 64 years. We at the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) are happy to see these numbers, as they show that our province is working towards working more safely.
In the WCB’s 2016 Annual Report, safety associations such as the SCSA have been shown to make a difference. It was stated that the “total injury rates for industries with safety associations have decreased from 9.05 percent to 5.46 percent since 2012. This 39.7 percent decrease compares to a 34.8 percent decrease in those industries without safety associations.”
In 2014, in partnership with the SCSA, WorkSafe developed the Residential Construction Targeted Field Campaign (TFC). This TFC is focused on awareness, inspections and support to help employers with key safety issues, such as falling from heights and personal protective equipment (PPE). According to the Annual Report, the “total injury rate for B12 (Residential Construction) decreased by 22.9 percent from 10.82 percent in 2015 to 8.34 percent in 2016.” With its ongoing strategic success, the program will be continuing into 2017.