Workplace injuries continue to be a major concern among Canadian workers and employers. Alberta’s Occupation Health and Safety (OHS) legislation helps protect your health and safety at work. Both the worker and the employer have responsibilities to keep the workplace safe. Creating a workplace culture that focuses on safety and wellness instead of liability is important to reduce injuries among Albertans.
In Alberta, 2013:
- There were 188 workplace fatalities.
- 45% of these fatalities were workers aged 65+
- Second-highest fatality rate in Canada.
- 12% of all time-loss injuries in Canada (4th highest rate).
- A time-loss injury is when the injury sustained by a worker leads to the loss of productive work time. This includes if the employee is unable to perform their regular duties, takes time off to recover or performs modified work
- Over $834 Million in WCB benefits was paid out.
- 43.9% of workplace fatalities occured in construction.
- A workplace fatality is when a death occurred while on the work site, or as a result of injuries sustained while at work.
- Common causes of fatal incidents in the workplace (based on OHS investifations):
- 20% of workplace fatalities are cause by being struck by an object
- 15% of workplace fatalities are a result of falls
- 12% of workplace fatalities occur from the individual being caught by objects
- 12% of workplace fatalities are a results of transportation incidences
- 10% of workplace fatalities are associated with exposure to harmful substances
- Know your responsibilities and rights as an employee under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This includes:
- You have a right to a safe and healthy workplace.
- You are required cooperate with your employer and follow health and safety rules for your job.
- You may refuse work that is unsafe and places you in imminent danger
- Imminent danger is any danger that is not normally part of your job or a danger someone in your job not normally work under.
- If you think your workplace is unsafe for yourself or others, tell your employer.
- Shift the organization culture from focusing on reducing liability to one that focuses on worker safety and wellness.
- Shift away from "zero-incident" culture, as it leads to under-reporting of injuries in the workplace.
Please refer to specific injury topics for additional resources and prevention information.