WCB releases 2018 operating results

WCB releases 2018 operating results WCB remains fully funded at 115.2 per cent Workplace Total injury rate increases to 5.44 per 100 workers Time Loss injury rate increases to 1.99 per 100 workers 88 per cent of Saskatchewan employers achieved Mission: Zero   REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s 2018 Annual Report was tabled in the provincial legislature today. WCB Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said the WCB remains fully funded with the ability to cover the future costs of all claims in the system. “As our labour force has grown over the past decade, workplace safety becomes more and [...]

2019-04-16T15:28:57+00:00 Apr 16, 2019|Comments Off on WCB releases 2018 operating results

WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and injury prevention

WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and injury prevention 22nd annual Compensation Institute starts today Saskatoon, SK – As our workplaces constantly evolve, Saskatchewan workers and employers are faced with new health and safety challenges. In an effort to help keep workplaces safe, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is working to provide resources for workers and employers. The WCB’s 22nd annual health and safety event, Compensation Institute, starts today at TCU Place in Saskatoon. More than 585 people will attend over the course of two days. “Every workplace in our province is dealing with new complications. Workers and employers are striving [...]

2019-03-26T09:22:46+00:00 Mar 26, 2019|Comments Off on WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and injury prevention

WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and injury prevention 

WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and injury prevention 22nd annual Compensation Institute starts today Saskatoon, SK – As our workplaces constantly evolve, Saskatchewan workers and employers are faced with new health and safety challenges. In an effort to help keep workplaces safe, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is working to provide resources for workers and employers. The WCB’s 22nd annual health and safety event, Compensation Institute, starts today at TCU Place in Saskatoon. More than 585 people will attend over the course of two days. “Every workplace in our province is dealing with new complications. Workers and employers are striving [...]

2019-03-25T09:14:13+00:00 Mar 25, 2019|Comments Off on WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and injury prevention 

Saskatchewan’s 2018 workplace Total injury rate increases slightly

Saskatchewan’s 2018 workplace Total injury rate increases slightly Total injury rate increases by 3.62%, while Time Loss injury rate increases by 6.99% 2018 Total injury rate was 5.44 per 100 workers Time Loss injury rate was 1.99 per 100 workers 22 rate codes (44.90% of rate codes) had a lower Total injury rate than in 2017 88% of Saskatchewan employers achieved zero injuries REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board released its 2018 injury rates today. The workplace Total injury rate for 2018 was 5.44 per 100 workers, a 3.6 per cent increase from 2017. “While we are seeing [...]

2019-03-18T08:58:47+00:00 Mar 14, 2019|Comments Off on Saskatchewan’s 2018 workplace Total injury rate increases slightly

Empowering WCB staff to make meaningful changes for customers

Empowering WCB staff to make meaningful changes for customers Even though Amber Van Parys was hearing impaired when she starting working for the Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board in 2008, she had no trouble fulfilling her duties as a Claims Entitlement Specialist, thanks to her hearing aids and a special phone and headset provided by her employer. “I was able to do my job happily and without stress,” says Van Parys, in an email. “I felt my employer had gone out of their way to ensure this, which meant very much to me.” But after returning to work after the births [...]

2019-02-13T13:15:48+00:00 Feb 13, 2019|Comments Off on Empowering WCB staff to make meaningful changes for customers

WCB approves 2019 premium rates

WCB approves 2019 premium rates Average premium rate decreases by 1.7% REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has approved the 2019 average employer premium rate of $1.17 per hundred dollars of payroll, a decrease of 1.7 per cent from the 2018 rate of $1.19. The 2019 rate marks the 12th consecutive year the rate has dropped, making it the lowest rate in more than 30 years. The 2019 average rate is 42.9 per cent below the 16-year high of $2.05 in 2004. “Because of the safety focus of many employers and workers, many industry rate codes have [...]

2018-12-11T10:29:31+00:00 Dec 11, 2018|Comments Off on WCB approves 2019 premium rates

WCB and WorkSafe Saskatchewan building injury prevention research capacity

WCB and WorkSafe Saskatchewan building injury prevention research capacity Regina, SK – As part of ongoing efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities in the province, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is undertaking steps to strengthen ties between researchers and Saskatchewan’s primary injury prevention partners – WorkSafe Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety (LRWS), research institutions and industry safety associations. As WorkSafe works to build safety research capacity in Saskatchewan, Dr. Sean Tucker has joined WorkSafe as the Associate Director of Research. “Dr. Tucker’s abundant experience in health and safety research will be a great asset in [...]

2018-10-31T16:50:32+00:00 Oct 31, 2018|Comments Off on WCB and WorkSafe Saskatchewan building injury prevention research capacity

SGI turns safety culture around in 4 years

SGI turns safety culture around in 4 years Company wins gold in public sector/non-profit category of Canada's Safest Employers awards Four years ago, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) was added to the Workers’ Compensation Board’s top 50 priority list due to its workplace injuries being above the industry standard. Today, the organization has its lowest medical aid and lost-time claims in five years. Read full story here: https://www.cos-mag.com/personal-process-safety/38061-sgi-turns-safety-culture-around-in-4-years/

2018-10-30T16:47:26+00:00 Oct 26, 2018|Comments Off on SGI turns safety culture around in 4 years

Employers: Here’s what to include on your medical restrictions form

Employers: Here's what to include on your medical restrictions form The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is asking employers to include the following notation on the medical restrictions form (if you use one): If this form is being used for a work injury at the initial visit, please bill WCB code 640. Please supply your injured workers with a medical restrictions form. Workers should provide this form to their care provider during their first visit for return-to-work counselling. This form outlines what the worker can or can’t do at work because of their injury. There are many names that are [...]

2018-10-25T13:57:04+00:00 Oct 17, 2018|Comments Off on Employers: Here’s what to include on your medical restrictions form

WCB announces proposed changes to 2019 average premium rate

WCB announces proposed changes to 2019 average premium rate Average preliminary rate suggests a 1.7% decrease from 2018 Saskatchewan’s 2019 preliminary employer premium rate decreases for 12th consecutive year 2019 proposed average premium rate is expected to decrease to $1.17 from $1.19 in 2018 42.5% of Saskatchewan employers will see a decrease or no change to their 2019 premium rate Premium rates for 57.5% of employers will increase next year 2019 proposed premium rate reflects the WCB’s complete transition to the enhanced rate model that was implemented in 2018 REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is proposing [...]

2018-10-16T14:52:58+00:00 Oct 16, 2018|Comments Off on WCB announces proposed changes to 2019 average premium rate