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Winter’s Coming, Are You Ready?

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Safety | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on October 27, 2022

It’s been a great run of fabulous fall weather but don’t fool yourself, winter and all that comes with it is on its way. Daylight hours are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, snow will start flying and soon clocks will be turning back to standard time. Winter has its own unique set of hazards and safety concerns; however, with a proactive approach, costs associated with WCB claims, time loss and reduced productivity due to illness or injury may be avoided.  Whether your staff works indoors or outdoors, commutes to work or uses a vehicle as part of their duties, here are some helpful hints and reminders that could help mitigate the inherent risks of winter that face your organization: Dress Appropriately: There are going to be warm, possibly even hot, days and there are going to be cold and frosty days. Unfortunately, the temperature does not drop consistently so watching […]

First Aid in the Workplace

Posted in: Accident Prevention,Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on August 4, 2022

First Aid. That’s what it’s called because that’s what it is, the First response to an injury or accident to provide Aid.  Accidents aren’t orchestrated, they are opportunistic, unexpected, unplanned events with no way to fully anticipate where and when they will occur. The initial actions taken immediately following an incident are often the most critical in terms of reducing or addressing the severity of an injury or even preventing death.  If the first person that responds to a situation has basic first aid training it can improve the odds of a best scenario outcome. It’s why ensuring that every employee has basic first aid training and is able to respond to any injury, accident or emergency that occurs. It is why first aid is the foundation of an effective health and safety management program (HSMP).   Although workplace safety regulations and standards for first aid vary by province or territory […]

Don’t Fall Into Winter – Keep Your Parking Lots and Walkways Safe

Posted in: Accident Prevention | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on November 22, 2021

For some people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year but in reality, as we move from Fall into Winter, we enter one of the most hazardous times of the year. The days become shorter, temperatures drop, the ground freezes, winter weather looms and the risk of slips, trips and falls increases at home, play and work. It’s no wonder that November is Fall Protection Month. Falls account for almost 20% of work-related time loss injuries nationwide and are often caused by slips and trips on same level surfaces as opposed to falls from heights. This time of year is especially dangerous as workers navigate their way to and from the workplace, often over snow and ice-covered surfaces. Should a slip, trip, or fall happen while a worker is making their way to or from work it can result in an acceptable workers’ compensation claim. According to most provinces, […]

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 2021 using data from 2018, preventable injuries annually represent: $29.4 billion lost to economy 4.6 million emergency room visitsMore than 61,000 injuries result in permanent or partial disabilities And the human cost is staggering: 17,000 Canadians die each year 47 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 […]

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