Win-Win Partnership Continues
REGINA, SK, November 1, 2018 – The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, is generally credited with saying, “a good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” The partnership that was formed in 2017 with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) helped to not only put the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) in the rural communities where their members are, but also where those business owners, and the people who they employ in the construction industry, spend their time during the winter months . . . in the local hockey arena.
SCSA President, Collin Pullar, explains, “There are parallels that we can draw between preventing common sports injuries and preventing those same injuries in the workplace. And just like in the game of hockey, when we lose a co-worker to a preventable injury, the team is not able to function the way it did prior to the injury. More and more business leaders are recognizing that losing a member of the team can impact the ability to get the job done on time and on budget. So looking at preventing the most impactful injuries makes good business sense.”
It is estimated that preventable injuries cost the provincial economy $1.1 billion each year. Over the course of the 2018-2019 season, the SCSA will be running a series of safety messages on the digital displays in each of the 12 communities that host SJHL teams. These safety messages focus on preventing head injuries, eye injuries, hand injuries and the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on the jobsite and on the ice.
“At the SCSA, our vision is to create the safest construction environment in Canada and our mission is constructing safety leadership in Saskatchewan. Safety leaders are not just found on construction sites. Safety leaders are in our communities and in our schools. They are business owners, safety professionals, employees, volunteers, coaches and teammates,” says Pullar.
SJHL President, Bill Chow, adds, “Through the education process [the campaign] we can internally help our players become more aware and through our partnership we can help educate not only construction workers but the general public on trying to be a little safer.”
For more information, please contact:
Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association
306.525.0175 ext. 232
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About the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association
The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) is an industry-funded, membership-based, non-profit organization that provides cost-effective, accessible safety training and advice to employers and employees in the construction industry throughout the province to reduce the human and financial losses associated with injuries. Registered March 20, 1995 the SCSA is, and has been since inception, committed to injury prevention. Serving almost 10,000 member companies, the major business units of the association are Advisory Services, Business Development, Corporate Services, Program Services and Training.