Improved safety performance records in 45 of 50 industry rate codes will result in lower premium rates in 2016 for 45,683 of Saskatchewan’s 47,783 employers. Lowest proposed average premium rate in 30 years (since 1986).
Young workers under 25 are at the highest risk for being injured on the job in Saskatchewan. More than 6,000 young workers are injured on the job each year. WorkSafe Saskatchewan hosts the annual Youth Video Contest for Saskatchewan students in Grades 9 to 12 to help students learn more about workplace safety.
Today, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) announced that cheques and credits totaling $141 million will be distributed by mail to employers this week as part of the excess surplus distribution first announced in May.
Due to the fires in Northern Saskatchewan, mail is being held by Canada Post in Prince Albert.
Ryan Bast, a safety advisor with the Motor Safety Association, has been selected from over 116 nominees from around the world as one of the 2015 National Safety Council ‘Rising Stars of Safety’ elite group. Ryan joins the 'Top 40 under 40’ group. Ryan was first nominated and then chosen based on his leadership, dedication and accomplishments at work, home and in the community regarding safety. Ryan displays an ongoing commitment to safety. He sat on the C6 Board of Directors for four years (at a very young age), took time from his full time job to earn a Safety [...]
A former WCB claimant was sentenced on June 19, 2015, in Saskatoon Queen’s Bench Court for defrauding the WCB. The former claimant pled guilty to a charge of fraud over $5,000 in relation to his going back to work while still receiving income replacement. He was sentenced to a 6-month conditional sentence and ordered to reimburse the WCB. The WCB has a responsibility to safeguard the workers’ compensation system. It relies on workers, employers, and caregivers to accurately report injuries, employment activities, payroll, and medical treatment. Anyone can report suspected fraud toll free at 1.877.595.2541 or email email@example.com. Details on [...]
WorkSafe Saskatchewan is presenting second and third place winners of Provincial Youth Video Contest
Four high school students are premiering their winning films today at the May Theatre in Lloydminster. WorkSafe Saskatchewan will be on hand to present the school and students with cash prizes. The students are the second and third place winners of the WorkSafe Saskatchewan Youth Video Contest. The second place winners are Tori Baynton and Sarah Thorpe with their video of Preoccupied. Taylor Musgrave and Taylor Higdon won third place with their video of If It Feels Wrong, Just Ask (teacher Alan Griffith for both). WorkSafe Saskatchewan looks for the best creativity, originality, production value and how the students present [...]
WorkSafe Saskatchewan is offering workers and employers a free introductory course to WHMIS 2015 through the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). The course explains the changes coming with WHMIS 2015. Canada’s requirements for the safe use of workplace chemicals will be changing. It will be updated as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is incorporated into WHMIS. A multi-year transition period is in effect where the current WHMIS 1998 is updating to WHMIS 2015. For more information about how WHMIS 2015 might impact your workplace and to take the course, go to [...]
Supervisors prevent injuries by listening to teens who speak up about workplace safety – U of R study
As many parents encourage their teen-aged children to find summer jobs, here’s something to think about. How safe is that workplace? And if it’s not safe is your teenager prepared to speak up about it? A study, co-authored by Dr. Sean Tucker, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, shows that teens – even those as young as 15 and 16 years of age – have suggestions for how to improve workplace safety but usually only speak up "under certain conditions," says Dr. Tucker. “We found that teens were more likely to speak up and share safety-related ideas with [...]
The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend means road trips for many Saskatchewan motorists and families. For some, the May long weekend also marks the start of the camping season. 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. Here are some other helpful tips: Automotive & Recreation Vehicle Tips: (www.caask.ca/car-care-tips) [...]