10 Tips To Prevent Workplace Slips, Trips and Falls

Falls on construction sites are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities, a steady trend that isn’t likely to change as Canada’s construction sector grows to become the 5th largest in the world over the next decade.

Consider these statistics from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety stressing the fiscal and human costs of falls:

  • 60,000 Canadian workers are injured in fall accidents annually, either on level surfaces or from heights
  • 15% of all “time-loss injuries” accepted by workers comp, etc. are fall accidents
  • 40% of these accidents occur from a height where Fall Protection measures should have been taken but were not.
  • These “avoidable falls” combine to cost Canadian businesses between $20 to $100 million dollars

These 10 simple tips can help to avoid the dangers of workplace trips, slips and falls.

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Canada’s Oil Industry: Five Facts

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Canada’s oil industry is thriving.  Consider this: Canada exported some 12,000 cubic metres of oil per day in 1980. By 2010, that number had grown to 112,000 cubic metres daily. Source: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Almost all of exported Canadian oil goes to the United States – 97 per cent as of 2009. Source: Natural Resources Canada

Canada’s proven reserves of 175 billion barrels of oil is the second-largest in the world, after Saudi Arabia’s 267 billion. Source: Oil & Gas Journal Alberta accounts for two-thirds of energy production. British Columbia and Saskatchewan are the second and third-largest producers. Source Natural Resources Canada

The oil and gas industries accounted for around $65 billion of economic activity in Canada annually in recent years, or slightly less than 5 per cent of GDP. Source: Canada Energy Research Institute

 

Job Safety: 5 Steps To Avoid MSI Injuries

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When it comes to job safety, constant awareness is critical. Even lifting a box can cause a serious work related MSI injury.  The WSIB’s five step program to avoiding work-related MSI injuries should always be top of mind.

Five Safety Eyewear Tips

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Most industrial eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the right protection.

Here are a couple more eye safety tips…

Wear an eyewear cord that will let the glasses hang around your neck when not in use.

People who wear contact lenses need to be extra careful and wear protective eyewear at all times on a site because dust and other particles can become lodged under the lens and can cause irritations or infections.

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Construction Safety Canada – The Numbers

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Canada’s construction sector is set to become the 5th largest in the world, driven by global demand for our natural resources and the urgent need to modernize this country’s aging infrastructure.

The demand for hiring a whole new generation of construction workers, young workers, newcomers, temporary and contract employees from outside Canada presents new and unique challenges to Canada’s construction safety culture.

Young workers graduating from community colleges have some co-op experience. But they, too, need close supervision as they enter the work force, including on-the-job construction safety training and mentoring from experienced supervisors.

More private sector employers are recognizing that safety and production go hand-in-hand. Workplace safety has a demonstrably positive impact on the bottom line. It improves the efficiency of the industry.

When workplace safety is a top priority workers are more productive.

 

Eye Safety Stats

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Protect your eyes. Wear the right PPE for the circumstance and don’t take chances with eye safety. 200 Canadians injure their eyes a day on the job. Don’t be a stat! It’s only funny until…well, you know.