WorkSafe Saskatchewan wants to remind young and first-time workers — and those that manage and supervise them, too — that learning to work safely is an important part of summer jobs. Most injuries occur in July and August, and more than half occur in service, department stores, construction and manufacturing industries. The most common injuries are to hands, backs, legs and eyes.
Two fatalities in just one year — related to the same piece of equipment — led to important improvements in worker protection. Arguably, these did not go far enough, but one solution may help provide an extra boost of safety
Workplace injuries and fatalities can usually be traced to a few root causes that may vary by sector. The Ministry of Labour’s proactive inspection blitzes on sector-specific hazards are designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with health and safety legislation.These blitzes are announced in advance and results are reported after they are completed. The ministry tracks each sector to determine if the blitzes result in a long-lasting increase in compliance and decrease in injuries.New and Young WorkersMay – August 2012 Pits and Quarries, Sand and Gravel Pits – hazards associated with the haulage processJuly 2012 Underground Mining – hazards associated with ore pass and loading pocket systemsNovember – December 2012 Underground Mining – ventilation hazardsJanuary – February 2013www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/blitzes/mining.php