WCB proposes drop in 2017 premium rates

7.5 percent decrease from last year makes it lowest rate in over thirty years (since 1986) 2017 proposed average premium rate drops to $1.24, from 2016’s $1.34 rate Improved safety performance attributed for 10th straight year of lowered rates Saskatchewan’s 2017 proposed average premium rate may be third lowest in Canada REGINA, SK - Oct 18, 2017 – For the 10th year, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has proposed a drop in its 2017 average premium rate, from $1.34 to $1.24 per hundred dollars of payroll. The announcement was made today in Regina at the WCB’s annual Rate Setting [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Oct 18, 2016|Comments Off on WCB proposes drop in 2017 premium rates

2015 OHS INSPECTIONS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES RAISE SAFETY CONCERNS

48% compliance with wearing protective headgear on sites 50% of workers trained in fall protection plan 41% use fall protection REGINA, SK: In September 2013, Kurt Ferguson was only 22 years old the day his construction career ended. He was crossing the floor of the house he and his crew were building in Moose Jaw when he stepped into an unguarded hole cut for stairs and plummeted into the unfinished basement. A piece of rebar pierced him under the right arm, shattering two vertebrae, and injuring his spine before exiting beside his left ear. “I tried shouting but I couldn’t [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Aug 17, 2016|Comments Off on 2015 OHS INSPECTIONS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES RAISE SAFETY CONCERNS

The WCB to distribute excess surplus to employers

Eligible employers to receive 100% of excess surplus in 2016 REGINA, SK – Today, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced a $281.5 million surplus will be distributed to employers in 2016 as part of the 2015 surplus announced at its annual general meeting in May. At the WCB’s 2015 year end, the funded position was 144.7 percent, which exceeded the 105 to 120 percent funding policy target range resulting in a surplus of $281.5 million. The surplus will be distributed to eligible employers in two instalments in July and December of 2016. Chairperson Gordon Dobrowolsky said after seeking input [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Jun 29, 2016|Comments Off on The WCB to distribute excess surplus to employers

Safe driving tips for the long weekend

The long weekend means road trips for many Saskatchewan motorists and families. During the summer months, for example, travellers can expect increased traffic of all types of vehicles including motorcycles, recreation vehicles, plus camper trailers and boat trailers. “Planning your road travels in advance, driving safe, staying focused, and adhering to the posted speed limits will help you reach your destination safely, plus reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan. Automotive & recreation vehicle tips The tires are one of the most important items on a vehicle. Check for adequate tread depth, uneven [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Jun 29, 2016|Comments Off on Safe driving tips for the long weekend

WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s Youth Video Contest winners announced

WorkSafe Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the 2016 Youth Video Contest winners. The 2016 Youth Video Contest winners are: First place: Workplace Safety: It’s your Job by Shannen Garibay and Maria Himbeault (teacher Faron Hrynewich), Clavet Composite School, Clavet. Second place: Bad Sitter by Lucille Arndt, Breanna Beals, Nash Brogden, Daniel Carifelle, Eva Desnomie, Erika Madarash, Tanner Miller, Taylor Stasuik and Kieran Zwolinski (teacher Anne Welles), Campus Regina Public (Cochrane), Regina. Third place: One Mistake by Dylan Haussecker and Hunter Martin (teacher Curtis Buhs), Watson School, Watson WorkSafe Saskatchewan judges the video entries based on creativity, originality, production value and [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Apr 26, 2016|Comments Off on WorkSafe Saskatchewan’s Youth Video Contest winners announced

WCB Releases 2015 Operating Results

Total Injury and Time Loss Injury rates drop, exceeding year’s targets Number of worker’s covered increases by nearly 3,000 WCB funded position exceeds funding policy range The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s 2015 Annual Report was tabled in the provincial legislature today. WCB Chair, Gord Dobrowolsky said the financial results indicate 2015 represented a year of stability and growth for the WCB as the organization continues to focus its efforts on improving processes that will add value to the customer experience. “We’re the first to admit that we have a long way to go as we strive to better serve our [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Apr 26, 2016|Comments Off on WCB Releases 2015 Operating Results

2016 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards presented

WorkSafe Saskatchewan presented the 2016 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards today in Regina. 2016 Safe Worker Award WorkSafe Saskatchewan presents the Safe Worker award to a worker who goes beyond the expectations of their position to help create a safer workplace. The 2016 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Worker award winner is Lanny Storey, a journeyperson scaffolder with AREVA Resources Canada Inc., Saskatoon, SK. Lanny designed a change to the work area to eliminate the risk of hazardous gases in the work area. He had an overflow pipe installed to prevent the release of hazardous gas. This change removed the need [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Apr 25, 2016|Comments Off on 2016 Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards presented

19th Annual Compensation Institute Starts Today

Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards Presented Today marks the start of the 19th Annual Compensation Institute, hosted by the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). Every year since 1997, the WCB has hosted this unique event free of charge for the public and safety professionals around the province. To date, the WCB is still the only jurisdiction nationally to offer the two-day event to provide information to WCB customers on claims management, employer services and the prevention and management of workplace injuries. The WCB draws on feedback from customers to provide information on topics and issues that are important to [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Apr 22, 2016|Comments Off on 19th Annual Compensation Institute Starts Today

WCB’s 2016 Assessable Earnings

In 2016, the maximum assessable earning is $69,242. Employers are asked to provide a payroll estimate at the beginning of the year so the WCB can determine employers’ premiums. The payroll estimate should always be an accurate reflection of what an employer will be paying to their workers in the year.

2017-05-11T20:42:27+00:00 Dec 3, 2015|Comments Off on WCB’s 2016 Assessable Earnings