The Vice President of Employer Services with the Saskatchewan Compensation Board says 2017 was a good year, but not a great one.
Phil Germain said while he recognizes the total workplace injury rate in the province has dropped again, there are still some statistics surrounding that are noteworthy and questionable.
“Of particular concern are two things: The time loss injury rate,” he said. “It didn’t drop from 2016 to 2017.”
“That could be a signal to us that we need to start to rethink some of our strategies. There are particular injuries that are driving the time loss injury rate right now, but in terms of change from one year to the next. And (the second thing), fatalities.”
Germain says the WCB always sets ambitious goals, and hopes they can get to zeroes across the board, which might be achieved if they were to re-approach their methods to workplace injury and death.
“On the fatalities, how do we think about all workers and employers really know, understand, recognizes asbestos and how they deal with asbestos. As well as motor vehicle issues. We’ve had campaigns and try to create awareness.”