Accident Prevention: Change in Seasons, Change in Risks

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Claims Costs,Safety,Workplace,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on September 25, 2015

September 23, 2015 at 2:21am MDT, marked the Autumnal Equinox – depending on your point of view, it’s sadly the end of summer or the cheerfully the beginning of fall. Either way, it signifies a change of seasons and as with any change, there comes an increase in risks for accidents or injuries. Two things spring to mind with regard to change at this time of year: fluctuating temperatures and reduced daylight hours. The days continue to get shorter, the average temperature eventually drops and the cold winter months ahead loom large, so it is important to be prepared for the rollercoaster-like period of transition from summer to winter. Here are a few things to keep in mind as these two aspects influence our environment this fall: Dress Appropriately: There are going to be warm, possibly even hot, days and there are going to be cold and frosty days. Unfortunately, […]

Labour Day – Why Do We Celebrate?

Posted in: Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on September 2, 2015

Monday, September 7th, is Labour Day in Canada, a statutory holiday commonly associated with the end of summer, the last long weekend of the season, the day before school starts and a kind of mini New Year’s to start fresh and revisit those resolutions made nine months previously. But somewhere along the line we have lost sight of how Labour Day came about, what it means and why its celebrated. Although Labour Day has evolved into just another long weekend marking the end of summer holidays, it is an annual holiday celebrating the achievements of workers. Its origins can be traced to the labour union movement, specifically the 8 hour day movement, which advocated eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation and eight hours of rest per day. Labour Day is observed around the world by countries on different dates — many link to International Workers’ Day on May […]