Workplace injury rate in 2012 lowest ever recorded in province: WHSCC

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WHSCC workplace injuries recorded in 2012.

The workplace injury rate in 2012 declined to the lowest level ever recorded in the province, the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) announced today.

In a news release, it stated the level at 1.6 lost-time injuries per 100 workers, down from 1.8 injuries per 100 workers in 2011.

The total number of lost-time injuries in 2012 was 3,742, the lowest number reported in more than 50 years.

Workplace safety for young workers improved significantly in 2012. The lost time incidence rate for young workers aged 15-24 declined to 1.4 injuries per 100 workers, down from 1.7 in 2011.

“The continuous decline in workplace injuries is a real indicator that the culture of safety is strengthening across the province,” said commission chief executive officer Leslie Galway.

“I am especially pleased to see a decline in injuries among young workers. The safe work practices of young workers today will translate to fewer accidents in the future, which will help us get closer to our goal of zero workplace accidents and fatalities.”

There were 26 workplace fatalities in the province in 2012, including six fatalities resulting from accidents and 20 fatalities from occupational illnesses. This solemn statistic is a continuous call to action to be dedicated to a culture of safety in our province.

Injury rates declined in almost all areas in 2012. The incidence rate for injuries of the back, eye, head and from falls from height all decreased in 2012, compared to 2011. The number of health care only claims declined to 1,768, down from 1,959 reported a year earlier.

 The lost time incidence rate declined in most industries in the province. The incidence rate declined year-over-year in nine industry sectors, remained the same in one and increased in two sectors. Forestry, construction, fish processing and manufacturing experienced the greatest drop in the injury rate.

Organizations: Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission

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