Saskatchewan's overall 2017 workplace injury rate declined by 5.4 percent from 2016, according to stats released by the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board, in what has been a trend for the last few years.

"For the oil industry this means that we're starting to do things a lot more safe, taking employee and workers safety to the top priority. We're just not doing things willy nilly anymore, it's safety and being able to make sure the workers go home that night," explained Preston Majeran, the Sales Manager at Carson Safety Services. 

"There's a lot to do with the hazard ID systems that a lot of companies are going with. The stop work program, it's if an employee that something's not being done safe they can stop the work without fear of reprimand." 

"Everybody's always working on different programs to make everything better. Oil companies, service companies, they're all making things work and trying to create a better way of doing it more easily, a lot more user friendly. I think that's just what you're going to see, a continuation of that going on," he stated.

"So far I've seen still the same kind of drop, it all depends on how busy we get, and as long as everybody understands that you take the time to work safe and get the job done safely instead of quickly." 

2017 saw a total of 28,952 reported claims, a decrease of 1,001 from 2016 and a decline of 3.34 percent. It was the second year in a row that 88 percent of employers in the province had zero injuries. However, the Time Loss injury rate remained stationary, at 1.86 percent.

 

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