The safety stand-down is an opportunity for management to engage directly with workers, discuss the job activities and the hazards associated with them, and determine if any changes can be made to improve their health and safety. It also demonstrates the company’s commitment to ensuring everyone works in a safe manner. Companies can participate by taking a short break from their work activities to conduct a toolbox meeting or another safety related activity focused on serious injury and fatality prevention.
We have made great strides in reducing lost time injuries in Newfoundland and Labrador however serious injuries are decreasing at a much slower rate and workplace fatalities are still occurring.
In fact, from 2018-2022:
- There were 1,281 serious injury claims in the province and 135 fatalities.
- The cost of serious injury claims were approximately $117.9M, an increase of 3% from 2018.
- 16.4% of serious claims were attributable to the construction industry.
Serious injuries often occur during high risk work activity when effective hazard controls are absent, not being enforced or not being complied with. In the construction industry high risk work activity takes place each and every day.
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