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How Occupational Injury Service (OIS) Can Reduce Your Claims Costs

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Claims Costs,Safety,WCB Premium Reduction,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on February 2, 2021

Do you have an employee that’s been hurt in a work-related incident? Are you looking to get an injured worker back on the job as quickly and safely as possible? Do you want to minimize costs associated with work-related claims? Consider using the WCB Alberta’s Occupational Injury Service (OIS). The OIS was specifically developed for anyone who was hurt at work. It gives injured workers quick access to medical services at specialized clinics throughout the province of Alberta while helping employers to manage claims, facilitate a successful return to work plans, and contain claims costs. Some of the benefits of OIS are: Quick access to physicians trained in dealing with work-related injuries that are familiar with the WCB-Alberta process – usually within 30 minutes Completion and submission of reports to the WCB – often the same day Expedited diagnostic and treatment services like MRI’s, ultrasounds, physiotherapy and specialist referrals Development […]

National Injury Prevention Day

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Holidays | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on July 6, 2020

Monday, July 6th, 2020 marks the 4th annual Nation Injury Prevention Day in Canada. Initiated by Parachute, it is designed to raise awareness about the devastating effects of predictable and preventable injuries. Perhaps this year more than any other, we need to pay special attention. According to the Cost of Injury in Canada report published in 2015, preventable injuries annually represent: $27 billion lost to economy 3.5 million emergency room visitsMore than 60,000 injuries result in permanent or partial disabilities And the human cost is staggering: 16,000 Canadians die each year 43 Canadians die each dayInjury is the No. 1 killer of Canadians aged 1 to 44.The loss of life is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every 10 days. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world we all knew and trusted has been turned upside down and has impacted the way we work, the way we play, the way […]

Safety Tips for the Holidays

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Holidays | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on November 28, 2019

As November draws to a close, and December rapidly approaches, the retail and hospitality industries are kicking into high gear. The Festive Season comes with its own unique set of risks and hazards, not just in the retail and hospitality sectors, virtually every business will be impacted in some way over the holidays. Now is as good a time as any to make sure you and your staff stay safe and healthy through the next few weeks. As your organization prepares for the holidays, here are some potential health and safety risks to keep in mind: Seasonal Hires – many businesses require temporary help to meet the increased demands of the holiday season. Seasonal workers are at high risk for workplace accidents and injuries just like any new hire, possibly more. Since their employment is temporary, things like safe practices, accident reporting procedures and performance issues can be glossed over, […]

Preventing Manual Material Handling Injuries in Your Warehouse   

Posted in: Accident Prevention | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on July 25, 2019

With a number of moving equipment pieces, storage and handling needs, and manual handling, warehouses are a hub of activity— and risk. In 2017 alone, 222,189 lost-time claims were made in Canada due to traumatic injuries and disorders. Of these claims, countless could have been prevented with better safety precautions, workplace training, and standardized practices. Warehouses, like every workplace, have their own unique challenges and dangers which is why it’s important to take each into special consideration when considering improving safety processes. There’s a good reason why most material movement in warehouses is done by equipment. Manual lifting and moving of materials such as boxes, equipment, or supplies can be strenuous on the body and lead to a number of injuries. These injuries are preventable and can be dealt with through a few careful precautions. Three Ways to Prevent Manual Material Handling Injuries in the Warehouse 1) Training Provide information, […]

Top Must-Have Workplace Safety Apps

Posted in: Accident Prevention | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on April 3, 2019

We’re all aware of the concerns surrounding smartphone use and the impact it has on our daily life, both personally and professionally. The demands on our attention, the dangers of distracted driving and the loss of productivity are just to a few of the criticisms attributed to smartphones but is it possible that smartphones can improve health and safety at work? Despite their bad wrap, when used intentionally, smartphones can have real value in the workplace and on the job. Smartphone technology is an unstoppable, neverending force that is constantly changing the way we view our world and how we operate in it; it touches every aspect of our lives including how we communicate, interact, navigate and how we gather, store and share information. So, let’s focus on the positive for a moment. What are the advantages of having a cell phone at work? Besides the obvious calls to 911, […]

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