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WorkplaceNL reports workplace injury rates for 2015
Wednesday, April 27, 2016


St. John’s, NL After holding steady for three years, the lost-time incidence rate due to workplace injury or illness in Newfoundland and Labrador dropped to an all-time low of 1.5 per 100 workers in 2015. This represents less workers in our province being injured on the job or developing a work-related illness. For example, there were approximately 260 less workers with short-term claims and approximately 200 less workers requiring health-care only assistance from WorkplaceNL in 2015 versus 2014.  

“Newfoundland and Labrador workplaces rose to the challenge and reduced the provincial lost-time incidence rate to the lowest level it has ever been,” said Leslie Galway, CEO, WorkplaceNL. “We believe that all work-related injuries and illnesses can be prevented, and we recognize that reducing the injury rate further requires a focused approach. We will continue to work with workplace parties, employer and labour groups, Government and safety associations to bring even more workers home safe and healthy.”  

Young workers, aged 15-24 years, continue to lead the province in reducing workplace injuries. For 2015, youth reported 1.4 lost-time incidents per 100 workers, down 18 per cent from five years ago.  

“It is encouraging to see the number of workplace injuries and illnesses decreasing, and I congratulate employers, workers, safety advocates, and WorkplaceNL for their combined efforts to promote safety in the workplace,” said the Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister Responsible for WorkplaceNL.  “Promoting safe and sustainable communities is a priority for our government, and we will continue to work with our partners to help ensure workers return home safe and sound at the end of each work day.”  

Of concern, violence in the workplace is on the rise. There were 69 per cent more lost-time incidents related to assaults and violent acts in the workplace than five years ago, a rate of 7.6 per 10,000 workers.  

Serious injuries remain a focus area, with 11.3 lost-time incidents per 10,000 workers. This is only a 3 per cent decrease in five years. Serious injuries change lives forever, and can be devastating on the worker, their family and their community.  

Unfortunately, there were 24 work-related fatalities in 2015, seven as a result of workplace accidents and 17 from occupational disease. This is down from a total of 29 work-related fatalities, 18 from occupational disease, in 2014.  

The lost-time incidence rate decreased in nine industries, increased in two industries and remained the same in one industry. Fact sheets showing the lost-time incidence rate and other statistics per industry are now available via workplacenl.ca. 

The lost-time incidence rate represents the number of injured workers who received compensation while missing time from work due to a workplace incident or accident. 

WorkplaceNL offers programs and training to all employers and workers focused on preventing workplace injuries and illnesses. Please call toll-free 1.800.563.9000 or 778.1000 for more information.  

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About WorkplaceNL

Serving approximately 13,000 injured workers and more than 19,000 employers, WorkplaceNL 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 dependents.

The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission now uses a new short name, WorkplaceNL.


Media Contact
Director, Communications
WorkplaceNL
t 709.778.1590
carla.riggs@workplacenl.ca

 


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