Even one workplace fatality is one too many. But according to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), workplace fatalities across Canada have been increasing over the past few years.
In 2017, there were 951 reported workplace fatalities across Canada, which is up from 904 in 2016 and 852 in 2015. The industry that had the most fatalities was construction (217) followed by manufacturing with 160. Trades, transport and equipment operators accounted for 486 reported fatalities, making them the most dangerous occupations.1
The total number of lost-time claims cases reported across Canada in 2017 was 251,625, an increase from 240,682 in 2016 and 232,629 in 2015. Health care and social services had the most lost-time claims (18%), followed by manufacturing (13%), retail trade (11%) and construction (10.5%).1
The introduction of new global standards for occupational health and safety management systems in 2018 (ISO 45001) is designed to have a positive effect on helping to reduce workplace risks and increase employee safety. Companies that have already achieved OHSAS 18001 certification will have a three-year transition period to migrate to the new ISO 45001.
Regardless what kind of Occupational Health & Safety program your organization currently has, Acclaim Ability Management has a full range of OH&S services that can help make workplaces safer.
Delivered by qualified professionals who are experienced in industry-specific sectors—from mining, manufacturing and construction to healthcare and retail—we provide COR audit preparation, job hazard analysis, employment testing and liaison with various government organizations.
Acclaim also assists employers in creating Occupational Health & Safety Training programs. From safety awareness to certification training, we can develop, coordinate and deliver a training program specific to your organization’s needs.
We can work independently or with your OH&S team to review existing health and safety policies and procedures, then develop new policies and procedures, amend existing ones and/or assist with the implementation of any changes.
How can your workplace benefit from better OH&S performance?
By offering proactive health and safety policies, procedures, programs and training, employers can reduce injuries and lost-time claims, lower their associated costs and increase productivity.
1 Information and statistics are sourced from Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine at cos-mag.com