Saskatchewan reports fewer work-related injuries in 2015

The Canadian Press
May 17, 2016
By The Canadian Press
REGINA – The annual report from the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board shows on-the-job injuries resulting in lost time declined 2.07 per cent in 2015 to their lowest level in more than two decades.

The report also shows Saskatchewan now has the fourth-highest injury rate in Canada – down from second place in 2013.

As well, workplace fatalities declined from 39 in 2014 to 32 last year.

There were more than 25,000 accepted injury claims last year, with trucking, manufacturing and health care leading the way.

Overall, 87 per cent of workplaces were free of any injury reports.

Peter Federko, the board's CEO, says the figures are encouraging and give hope for achieving even better goals for reducing the amount of time lost due to accidents.

"We had set a target for 2015 of 2.2 per cent and we hit 2.07," he said . "The target we had set for 2016 was two per cent, but we're going to revisit that, given that we're already at 2.07."

Thirteen per cent of workplaces in the province accounted for all injuries reported last year, but Federko said it's not that they're negligent.

"Some of them because of their size have more challenges in bringing about a reduction in injuries. It's not that they don't want to do it. Some of them need more of our help than others and it's just taking longer."

Only British Columbia, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories have higher injury rates than Saskatchewan.

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