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WHSCC reports workplace injury rates for 2012
Friday, April 19, 2013


ST. JOHN’S – The workplace injury rate in 2012 declined to the lowest level ever recorded in the province, at 1.6 lost-time injuries per 100 workers, down from 1.8 injuries per 100 workers in 2011. The total number of lost-time injuries in 2012 was 3,742, the lowest number reported in more than 50 years.  

“I commend workers and employers across the province as well as the Commission, the Occupational Health and Safety Branch and other organizations who continue to make our workplaces safer,” said the Honourable Nick McGrath, Minister of Service NL and Minister responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission . “Through injury prevention support programs, we can help reduce injuries and, in turn, improve workplace safety.” 

Workplace safety for young workers improved significantly in 2012. The lost time incidence rate for young workers aged 15-24 declined to 1.4 injuries per 100 workers, down from 1.7 in 2011.  

“The continuous decline in workplace injuries is a real indicator that the culture of safety is strengthening across the province,” said Commission Chief Executive Officer Leslie Galway. “I am especially pleased to see a decline in injuries among young workers. The safe work practices of young workers today will translate to fewer accidents in the future, which will help us get closer to our goal of zero workplace accidents and fatalities.”  

There were 26 workplace fatalities in the province, including 6 fatalities resulting from accidents and 20 fatalities from occupational illnesses. This solemn statistic is a continuous call to action to be dedicated to a culture of safety in our province.

Injury rates declined in almost all areas in 2012. The incidence rate for injuries of the back, eye, head and from falls from height all decreased in 2012, compared to 2011. The number of health care only claims declined to 1,768, down from 1,959 reported a year earlier.  

The lost time incidence rate declined in most industries in the province. The incidence rate declined year-over-year in nine industry sectors, remained the same in one and increased in two sectors. Forestry, construction, fish processing and manufacturing experienced the greatest drop in the injury rate.   

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.  

Industry Sector Lost-time Incidence Rate/100 Employees
2011 - 2012

Industry

Lost-time Incidence Rate 2012

Lost-time Incidence Rate 2011

Agriculture

2.2

1.6

Construction

2.0

2.5

Finance

0.2

0.3

Fish Harvesting

2.9

2.4

Fish Processing

3.2

3.6

Forestry

2.0

3.3

Health Care & Social Services

2.4

2.7

Manufacturing

3.4

4.0

Mining, Oil & Gas

0.7

0.8

Services

1.1

1.2

Transportation & Storage

1.8

2.1

Wholesale & Retail Trade

1.9

1.9


*Incidence rate figures represent 2012 claims filed and accepted as of March 31, 2013. Figures published in other reports may vary slightly due to projected data.   

Serving approximately 12,000 injured workers and over 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 dependants.  

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Chris Flanagan, Director of Communications
Telephone: 709-778-1590; Mobile: 709-728-7869
Toll free: 1-800-563-9000 

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