Why we need to take safety seriously in Canada

Three workers climbing with ropes

 

Workplace safety is no game. According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), in 2014 alone there were 919 workplace deaths recorded in Canada. If you’re good at math, you’d know that that’s roughly 2.5 deaths a day.

And along those who have died are 13 young workers who were aged 15 to 19.

What these statistics don’t show is all of the friends and family members who were affected as well. Workplace tragedies can take lives within seconds. Seconds that a worker could’ve been spent playing with their kids or having a BBQ with friends.

Workplace training and certification for health & safety is offered all across Canada. We just need to make sure we’re incorporating it into the training process. You’re never too old or experienced to learn about safety procedures, after all.

In fact, according to the same AWCBC report, there were almost 340-thousand claims accepted for lost work time due to a workplace injury. These days off could have been because of being sick or injured from heights, chemicals, improper gear protection, improper tools and electrical incidents. Managers on-site need to participate in committee training requirements for health and safety with their workers. That way, everyone is on the same page when it comes to safety in the workplace.

If you’re someone who may be at the risk of a workplace injury due to the nature of your job, the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) offers workshops to inform you and your coworkers about workplace safety. Including the Basics of Fall Prevention, fire hazard training, chainsaw operation, chemical care, and more!

No one deserves to miss their family member or friend due to a workplace injury or death. Safety is a real precaution that every workplace, no matter how intense the labor is, should invest in.