Feb 14, 2013

Fewer workers in federal jurisdiction suffering disabling injuries: HRSDC

Preliminary data suggests downward trend continued in 2011

The number of disabling injuries among workers in the federal jurisdiction is steadily declining, according to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

Disabling injuries are defined as occupational injuries that prevent an employee from reporting for work or from effectively performing all of the duties associated with her regular job.

“I am pleased to report that the rate of disabling injuries in federally regulated workplaces has dropped 33 per cent between 2000 and 2010. Preliminary data suggest the downward trend continued in 2011,” said Labour Minister Lisa Raitt.

Despite this decrease, each year during the winter months, the federal government’s labour program is informed of workers injuring themselves or losing their lives in workplace accidents as a result of difficult weather conditions, the HRSDC said. In industries under federal jurisdiction — such as transportation and shipping — the numbers of injuries and fatalities in the workplace increase in January, February and March.

“Everyone must work together to understand workplace hazards, identify potential risks and find solutions to the issues that threaten our health and safety,” said Raitt. “It is up to each and every one of us to be vigilant and take extra precautions during the winter months.”

The labour program develops, administers and enforces workplace legislation and regulations, such as the Canada Labour Code, which covers industrial relations, health, safety and employment standards for federally regulated workers and employers.

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