How To Prevent Injury In The Workplace

An Overview of Workplace Injury & Fatality Stats in Canada

National fatalities in Canada amount to approximately 1,000 deaths per year. This number conjoins on-site injuries during work hours as well as long-term illnesses such as lung cancers from silica dust and mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. In an effort to determine the most dangerous industries in Canada, it was found that fishing and forestry have the highest fatality rates of any industry in the country. Source. These stats can be greatly reduced with modern safety software.

In 2016, there were 241,508 claims that were accepted for lost time due to a work-related injury or illness; 29,588 of these claims were from workers aged 15-24. This statistic only includes what has been reported and accepted by the compensation board. It’s safe to say that the total number of workers who have been injured or fallen ill is higher than this due to lack of reporting. In addition to this injury and illness number is the 905 workplace deaths that were recorded in the same year.
As described, these numbers only represent the number of claims that have been reported. An older study from Shannon and Lowe (2002) states that
Clearly, this is something that needs to be brought to the attention of Canada’s workforce along with proper systems for injury and fatality prevention.

Preventing Workplace Injuries & Fatalities in Canada

The surest way to prevent injuries and fatalities in the workplace is to train employees properly. Within large companies, it’s a challenge to keep track of every employee’s training certifications. Having a safety software that automatically tracks and sends notifications to remind employers and employees to refresh their certifications is a useful asset. This helps keep employees trained and certified while mitigating the potential risks of workplace practices.

Mike McKenna, executive director of the BC Construction Safety Alliance, stated that
This idea tied in with the overwhelming number that 40% of workplace injuries are not claimed, means that when we don’t claim injuries it becomes more difficult to prevent future accidents. Without knowing exact numbers and the reasons behind injuries and fatalities, it is challenging to pinpoint where industries need to work on their safety training and awareness.
Workaware presents an opportunity to track and analyze workplace injuries and fatalities down to the last detail. By intently tracking projects, employers can streamline their operations and monitor potential risks. Chris McLeod, associate professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, mentioned in a recent study that

There doesn’t have to be masses of detailed data for it to be useful. It just needs to be put into consistent, standardized databases where it can then be analyzed.

With Workaware’s software, your data is analyzed with a simple click of a button, creating an easy way to gather important information and to track where you can optimize risk prevention.

Jeff Lyth, principal of QSP Leadership, a Vancouver-based health and safety consulting company, tells us that
This observation is directly tied to the operations of the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), but falls short of the technologies of Workaware. As Lyth states, it’s important to track individual tasks in order to truly mitigate risk in the workplace, this is a feature that Workaware has developed in order to separate and track different tasks and projects in a large company. Lyth states

The industry could gather and link incident and performance data. That is valuable information and it could help determine accident causality and prevent future accidents from taking place.

That is the goal of Workaware’s safety software.

It’s important to note that every corporation has unique needs for their own operations. Whether you’re looking to mitigate risk among your remote workers, or you’re tracking safety certifications Workaware has all the capabilities necessary to streamline operations for any sized business, anywhere across the globe.