SCSA in Collaboration
In the month of September the SCSA was proud to participate in Youth Safety Education Day (YSED) activities in Regina, Saskatoon and Indian Head. The organization also took an active role in WorkSafe Saskatchewan's Mission Zero Coffee Breaks held in Saskatoon on the 20th and Regina on the 26th.
YSED is a general awareness day which has been held during the week of September 10th each year since 2011. The Service and Hospitality Safety Association (SHSA) has been the driving force behind the day since its inception. The main focus of YSED is to create a platform to raise awareness of youth safety in the workplace. This year, over 20,000 students were in attendance throughout the province. The SCSA was one of approximately 100 organizations that were involved.
WorkSafe Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) co-hosted two coffee break events in September for construction workers to remind them to stay safe on the job. As a break from their jobs, workers and leaders enjoyed coffee and treats as brief 15-minute safety tips and demonstrations were given on-site.
Shelly McFadden, director of prevention for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board, says, "[The] coffee break is to remind workers to keep Mission: Zero in mind. Zero is the only right number of injuries, and 100 per cent compliance is the goal for any industry."
"The legislation is just the lowest bar for safety – many home builders go above and beyond that, but we can all use a reminder to wear the equipment, focus on our tasks, and not cut corners. Take the time to do the job safely,” says Collin Pullar, president of the SCSA. “We’re doing our safety glass demonstration as a reminder to wear the proper equipment and to provide information about how to get training at the SCSA. That’s what this coffee break is about. Taking time for safety is an investment we should all make every day."
In approximately 170 inspections of residential construction sites in 2016, the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (LRWS) in Saskatchewan found that only 60 per cent of workers were wearing hard hats when required and 64 per cent were wearing fall protection systems. In addition, according to a 2016 Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board report, construction trades helpers and labourers had the third-highest number of total claims accepted in the province (885 claims), only 74 per cent of workers were trained in a fall protection plan and only 30 per cent of sites inspected were compliant with regulations for uncovered openings in the floor.