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WHSSCC reports workplace injury rates for 2011
Friday, April 20, 2012


ST. JOHN’S – The number of workplace injuries resulting in lost-time compensation claims in 2011 remained consistent with 2010, with 4,070 workers injured, representing 1.8 incidents per 100 workers, the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission) announced today. The lost-time incidence rate over the past two years is the lowest rate recorded since the current measuring format was put in place. 

There were 491 young workers injured on the job in 2011, representing a lost time incidence rate of 1.7 incidents per 100 young workers. This is the second year in a row that the youth lost time incidence rate has been lower than the provincial average. 

“Young workers in this province and those who work with and train our young workers are to be congratulated for continuing to employ safe work practices and improving their safety record,” said Commission Chief Executive Officer Leslie Galway. “This bodes well for the future. Safe work practices and attitudes of our young workers are critical for the continued development of a strong culture of safety in this province.” 

There were no young workers killed on the job in 2011, compared to one young worker fatality in 2010.  The total number of accidental fatality claims in 2011 declined to six, from 13 in 2010. 

“Unfortunately six workers still lost their lives from workplace accidents in 2011 and a further 27 succumbed to occupational illness,” said Ms. Galway.  “Our goal is to eliminate these unnecessary tragedies altogether and we will continue to work with our stakeholders and our partners to do everything we can to make all workplaces safe.” 

The number of health care only claims in 2011 was 1,959, down from 2,137 reported a year earlier. 

Among the 12 industry sectors measured in 2011, the manufacturing sector reported the highest incidence rate at 4.0 injuries per 100 workers.  Finance and mining/oil and gas reported the lowest incidence rates. Incidence rates for all sectors are listed below. 

The Commission offers all employers and workers a number of occupational health and safety programs and services to assist in the prevention of workplace accidents and injuries.  Employers or workers seeking more information are urged to call 709-778-1000 and inquire about prevention programs and initiatives in their particular industry. 

Lost-time Incidence Rate/100 Employees 2010 - 2011

Industry

Lost-time Incidence Rate 2010

Lost-time Incidence Rate 2011*

Agriculture

2.7

1.6

Construction

2.6

2.5

Finance

0.3

0.3

Fish Harvesting

2.8

2.4

Fish Processing

3.8

3.6

Forestry

2.4

3.3

Health Care & Social Services

2.4

2.7

Manufacturing

4.9

4.0

Mining, Oil & Gas

0.8

0.8

Services

1.3

1.2

Transportation & Storage

1.8

2.1

Wholesale & Retail Trade

1.9

1.9

*Incidence rate figures represent all 2011 claims filed and accepted as of March 31, 2012. Figures published in other reports may vary slightly due to projected data.

For detailed industry sector fact sheets, please visit http://www.whscc.nl.ca/prevention/PREV_IndustryFactSheets.whscc   

Serving approximately 12,000 injured workers and over 17,500 employers, the Commission is an employer-funded, no fault insurance system that promotes safe and healthy workplaces, provides return-to-work programs and offers fair compensation to injured workers and their dependants.  

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Chris Flanagan, Director of Communications
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
Telephone: 709-778-1590 or 709-728-7869
E-mail cflanagan@whscc.nl.ca
Website www.whscc.nl.ca


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