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Safety Bulletins

June 20, 2017

Safety bulletins have been created to provide industry with timely communication of risk and initiatives.

Issue Number and Description

01-2017 "Impact of increased industry activity on worker injuries": Industry activity leads to more hiring, and statistics show that this increase in industry activity is matched by an increase in injury counts and rates. For young workers (under 25), the injury rate doubles. These young workers are more likely to be injured from being struck by objects like tools and equipment (pipe, hoses, etc.).

02-2017 "Summer Students": Summer student employment gives young workers the opportunity to develop job skills, gain meaningful experience, and learn how to work safely. In 2016 there were, 366,000 full-time students employed throughout the summer months in Western Canada.

03-2017 "Middle-Aged Workers and Overexertion": Statistics show middle-aged workers between the ages of 35-44 are prone to overexertion injuries in Western Canada. Overexertion occurs with excessive effort; enough stain that injury results. The highest overall injury claim rate after a downturn for middle-aged workers is overexertion.  

04-2017 "Training Young Workers": Young workers between the ages of 15 and 25 are associated with the highest rate of incidents across Canada. Training young workers can prevent workplace injuries by increasing their knowledge of the work process, equipment, and safety requirements. Employers can further encourage young worker development by providing formal training, coaching and support, and on-the-job applications.

05-2017 "Coaching and Mentoring Young Workers": It is important to assign young workers a coach to improve their performance on the job and ensure continued success in their future. Often coaches become mentors who provide young workers the support, encouragement and guidance to obtain their long-term goals.

06-2017 "Workplace Perceived Pressures": Workers at all levels can experience an increase workload and pressure to get the job done. Workers in safety sensitive positions should assess pressures they are faced with to maintain perspective. Understanding internal or external pressures, whether real or perceived, can influence the ability to manage workloads.

07-2017 "Falls on Same Level Older Workers": Fall related injuries can affect workers of all ages and experience. Pre-existing injuries and health challenges can increase the severity of the fall injury resulting in higher costs.  An efficient workplace can reduce the risk of a fall injury by using adequate lighting, guardrails and handles, clear footpaths, and minimizing travel over hazardous paths.

 08-2017 "Stop the Job": Empowering workers to raise safety concerns promotes a safe work environment. While procedures may vary between each company, the overall result is workers thinking proactively about risks and hazards. These basic steps are a reminder to the worker of the process and responsibility that everyone shares.

09-2017 "Peer Influence": New and young workers are impressionable to the actions and behaviors of their colleagues, coaches, and mentors. Whether intended or not, workplace interactions can prompt changes in safety behaviors, values and attitudes.

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