Workplace injuries spike during summer months (Aug.11/15)

Whether weather is cooperating with us or not, summer is here in Nova Scotia and with the summer months comes a spike in workplace injuries. 

With more workers typically injured during summer months than other times of the year, WCB Nova Scotia is reminding workers and employers to talk about workplace safety and make it a top priority at this peak time.

Did you know?

•              The industries with the most registered claims are health and social services, and manufacturing.

•              Most time-loss claim injuries are musculoskeletal, or injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, or joints. The majority of those impact the back, including spine, or legs, and are caused by overexertion.

•              June to September 2014 had an average of 533 time lost claims per month, compared to an average of 477 time lost claims for the other eight months of the year. 

•              Of the 3,430 young worker injuries last year, 43 per cent occurred from June to September. 

•              Most young worker injuries happened in the accommodation, food and beverage, and retail industries. 

“We want workers to stay healthy and safe, and make sure injuries are prevented,” said Shelley Rowan, Vice-President of Prevention and Service Delivery. “If you’re a worker, make sure you ask questions about what you’re doing and that you have the right training and skills. If you’re an employer, open up a conversation about workplace safety, ensure your employees’ safety training is completed, and they are wearing their safety gear.”

Until the end of August, look for “This moment brought to you by workplace safety” signs in your community at sports fields, hiking trails, and farmers’ markets. Whether it’s lazy days by the water, barbecues on the back deck, or making s’mores over the campfire, it’s important to be reminded of the personal reasons we have for creating safe workplaces.

Background: 2014 time-loss injury claims by county