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WHSCC reports workplace injury rates for 2013
Thursday, April 24, 2014

St. John’s, NL The lost-time incidence rate in Newfoundland and Labrador remained at the historic low of 1.6 per 100 workers in 2013, the same as 2012. The rate had been decreasing steadily for 13 years, and has improved dramatically from its high of 5.2 per 100 workers in 1989. For 2013, 92.1 per cent of employers in the province are injury-free, up from 91.8 per cent in 2012. These improvements are significant given that annual average employment in the province is rising.  

“Workers, employers, the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, the Occupational Health and Safety Branch of Service NL and other organizations are to be commended for making our workplaces safer,” said the Honourable Dan Crummell, Minister of Service NL and Minister responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (the Commission). “All stakeholders are providing important leadership around improving our safety culture and we’re seeing tangible results.  Safety is everyone’s responsibility and together we can prevent injuries in our workplaces”.  

Young workers, aged 15-24 years, continue to lead the province in reducing workplace injuries. For 2013, youth reported 1.5 lost-time incidents per 100 workers, up slightly from 1.4 in 2012. This rate continues to trend below the provincial injury rate.  

Lost-time incidents for falls from heights has decreased to 8.5 per 10,000 workers, down slightly from 8.6 in 2012 and down significantly from 11.8 five years ago.  

“We strongly believe that workplace related injuries and illnesses can be prevented. Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of their work day,” said Leslie Galway, CEO, Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission. “We will continue to work with our stakeholders to focus on awareness and training to help prevent injuries and occupational disease”.  

Unfortunately, there were 30 fatalities in 2013, five as a result of workplace accidents and 25 from occupational illnesses. This is up from a total of 26 workplace fatalities, 20 from occupational disease, reported for 2012.  

Fact sheets showing the lost-time incidence rate and other statistics per industry are now available via www.whscc.nl.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.  

The Commission offers all employers and workers a number of occupational health and safety programs and services to assist in preventing workplace accidents and injuries in particular industries. Please call toll-free 1-800-563-9000 or 778-1000 for information.  

About the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission

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

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Media contact
Carla Riggs, Director of Communications
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission


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