Nova Scotia Giving More Control of Workers Comp Rates to Employers

 

Safety and Return to Work to Records Increased Impact on Rates

 

Improvements to the workplace insurance rate model mean employers’ safety and return-to-work records will have a bigger impact on rates, the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) announced recently.

 

The Board released its 2013 insurance rates and is introducing changes to make rates more responsive, to encourage positive change, and to ultimately reduce the human and financial cost of workplace injury in the province.

 

 

Bigger Impact For Fatalities, Financial Incentives for Safety

 

Among the rate model improvements are changes that make rates more responsive to an individual employer’s efforts to implement and maintain safety and return-to-work improvements. There will also be a bigger impact on rates when a fatality occurs.  The WCB will continue its practice of offering financial incentives to encourage safety improvements.

 

Each year the WCB issues surcharges to employers whose claims costs are significantly and consistently higher than their industry peers. In 2013,90 employers will receive a surcharge, down from 96 in 2012. Surcharged employers have claims costs that are at least three times their industry average for at least four consecutive years. Surcharges are cumulative and can add an additional 20 percent or more to a firm’s base rate each year. Employers can qualify for surcharge rebates if they make safety investments.

 

 

Rates Decreasing More Than 10% in Certain Industries

 

For the ninth consecutive year, the average rate for 2013 is holding steady at $2.65 per $100 of assessable payroll.  Rates are decreasing by more than 10 percent in a number of industries including printing, shipbuilding and boatbuilding, used goods moving and storage and dairy farms. Bakeries, site work (excavating, paving and landscaping), stevedoring, general freight trucking and building material sales, are among the industries whose rates are increasing.

 

While there has been significant progress in injury reduction over the past several years, 27 workers in Nova Scotia lost their lives in the workplace last year, and there were 6,616 injuries serious enough for the worker to require time away from work.

 

 

<pAuthor Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com.  Contact:  mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 
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No Excuse For Company to Be Operating Dangerous Machinery

Hazardous Snip Saw Used Unsafely for Seven Years

 

Tangiwai, New Zealand-based Winstone Pulp International has been ordered to pay a fine of $29,000 for a hazardous snip saw that had been used unsafely for more than seven years, according to the New Zealand Labour Group.

 

Winstone Pulp International was charged with one offense under Sections 7 and 50(1)(a) of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, which states: Being an employer, failed to ensure that there were in place effective methods for systematically identifying existing hazards to employees at work.

 

 

Saw Was An Accident Waiting to Happen

 

The Court recently heard that following an accident the saw was inspected by a Labour Group Health and Safety Inspector who observed that the was no effective guard on the saw – contrary to the general guidance about guarding provided by Ministry.

 

Labour Group General Manager, John Howard, noted “Unguarded machinery is extremely dangerous and an accident waiting to happen. The general guidance around guarding machinery is long-standing, well-understood and easily available from the Labour Group website.

 

 

No Excuse to Be Operating Dangerous Machinery

 

“There is also specific guidance around the required level of guarding for these types of saws. When you consider the time that this machine has been operational and unguarded together with the easy availability of clear guidance, then there is no excuse whatsoever for this company to be operating such an inherently dangerous piece of machinery.

   

“All too often employees are seriously injured at work, when it is their fundamental right to go home safe at the end of their working day,” Howard added.

 

MBIE-Labour has a three-year project under way to reduce the number of serious harm and fatal accidents resulting from the unsafe use of machinery.

 

 

<pAuthor Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 


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Canada Workers Awarded 4 Million Dollars In Workers Comp Appeal

 

901 People In Line to be Repaid $4 Million
 
New Brunswick's (Canada) workers compensation board has been ordered to repay close to $4 million to 901 people due to a court ruling that decided it was wrong to claw back injury benefit payments from Canada Pension Plan recipients.
 
 
Cases Date Back More Than 20 Years
 
According to The Canadian Press, the claims, which date back more than 20 years, were identified following a provincial Court of Appeal decision in April, a spokeswoman for WorkSafeNB noted.
 
Mary Tucker indicated the Crown agency believed its policy of clawing back workers compensation payments from people receiving the Canada Pension Plan was in step with the Workers Compensation Act.
 
“The implications of the Court of Appeal decision have been assessed and case management staff are actively working to implement the directions given by the court and provide redress to those affected,'' Tucker stated in an email. “Many have already received payments and others are in process.'”
 
 
WorkSafeNB’s Intrepretation of the Act Overturned
 
An appeals tribunal repeatedly turned away WorkSafeNB's interpretation of the Act and overturned its decisions in individual cases.
 
The Court of Appeal stood by the tribunal's position, claiming in its ruling that it “has been right all along.”
 
Tucker would not detail why WorkSafeNB followed the tribunal’s decisions in individual cases, but did not alter its overall policy of clawing back workers comp payments.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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Contractors – Be Registered, Be Ready – By 1.1.13

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Aims at Construction Industry

 
Ontario’s (Canada) Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) awareness campaign aimed at the construction industry launched over the summer, with new information for those employing workers in the field.
 
 
Be Registered, Be Ready
 
The campaign tag line – Be Registered. Be Ready. – encourages people working in construction to learn how the new rules affect them and to pre-register for WSIB coverage.
 
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, mandatory WSIB coverage is required for nearly everyone working in the construction industry. The Ontario government has changed the law to include not just workers, but business owners too.
 
 
Company Owners Now Required to Have Coverage
 
Construction employers are currently required to have WSIB coverage for their employees. Now, most independent operators, sole proprietors, partners in a partnership and executive officers in a corporation working in construction will also need to have WSIB coverage. Executive officers and partners whose businesses are already registered with the WSIB also must begin to report their own earnings and pay premiums starting in January 2013.
 
The WSIB’s public awareness campaign will run throughout the year and uses a variety of communication channels to ensure the message reaches everyone in the construction industry.
 
 
Awareness Campaign to Run Through End of Year
 
Components include: radio spots, print ads, speaking engagements and activities with stakeholders and industry partners, trade show participation and direct mail. In addition to English and French, radio and print ads will also run in numerous other languages including Chinese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.
 
A dedicated website has also been developed – www.BeRegisteredBeReady.ca – to provide detailed information about the new mandatory coverage.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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Important Fatalities Number Shows Decline, Overall Injuries Increase in Singapore

Fatalities, Major Injuries, Days Lost All See Decreases

 

A new report on Singapore indicates the number of workplace fatalities and major injuries has dropped in the first half this year.

 

According to the latest Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Statistics Report, there were 26 workplace fatalities over the first six months of 2012, a decrease from 31 in the same period last year.

 

There were 246 cases of major injuries, a slight decrease of 3 percent compared to the same period last year. This contributed to a 6 percent dip in man-days lost due to work incidents.

 

 

Minor Injuries See 11.3% Increase

 

As for minor injuries, there were 5,001 cases, or a 11.3 percent jump compared to the same period last year.

 

Overall workplace injuries – which includes fatalities – grew by 10.4 percent.

 

Occupational diseases (ODs) also increased by nearly 67 percent to 603, from 360 over the same period last year. The most common OD (89 percent) is noise-induced deafness followed by occupational skin diseases. The manufacturing sector continued to tally the largest number of OD cases, accounting for 51 percent of total ODs, up from 39 percent of cases as at end June last year.

 

 

Construction, Marine, and Manufacturing See Decreases in Fatalities

 

The Construction, Marine and Manufacturing sectors saw a drop in the number of fatalities.

 

There were 17 fatalities, compared to 25 in the same period last year. However these three sectors saw an increase in major injuries (8 percent) and minor injuries (25 percent).

 

Other sectors (including accommodation, food services, waste management, logistics and transport) contributed to about 35 percent of total work fatalities in the first half of this year, up from 19 percent in the same period last year.

 

Many of these cases were slips, trips and falls from heights as well as workers struck by moving or falling objects.

 

As for major injuries, these sectors witnessed a 14 percent decline while minor injuries saw a marginal 2 percent increase. The logistics and transport, accommodation and food services as well as health sectors accounted for 13 percent of major injuries.

 

 

<pAuthor Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 


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Alberta Government Thinks Not Reporting Fatalities Will Make Them Go Away

 

Alberta Provincial Government No Longer Reporting Farm Fatalities
 
The Alberta Federation of Labour (Canada) is criticizing the provincial government for no longer reporting farm fatalities, according to a report from the Canadian Press.
 
The federation claims the move is an example of how ''agricultural workers are being erased in Alberta.''
 
 
Criticism That Lack of Reporting Hides Problem
 
''This decision to stop reporting the number and nature of farm deaths helps to hide the real problem _ Alberta's deplorable lack of workplace protection for farms workers in the province,'' spokeswoman Nancy Furlong said recently.
 
''It's particularly insulting to the families of those killed on the job to have to call on the government to continue to simply report these incidents.''
 
 
Only Province in Canada Farm Workers Not Covered by Health & Safety Laws
 
The federation says the province is the only one in Canada where farm workers aren't covered by occupational health and safety laws. It says they are also excluded from legislation on hours of work and overtime, statutory holidays and vacation pay.
 
A judicial inquiry in 2008 into the death of worker Kevin Chandler in a farm accident near High River, Alta., recommended the inclusion of farm labourers in laws ensuring workplace protections.
 
''It is the government's duty to protect workers, but also to report their deaths and injuries. Death and injury prevention requires knowledge of the frequency and nature of the incidents,'' said Furlong.
 
 
Province Announced Plans on Website
 
The federation says the province announced its plans on a government website and offered no meaningful explanation for the change.
 
Alberta Agriculture said recently it is reviewing how it publishes information about farm worker deaths and injuries with an eye to protecting the privacy of victims and their families.
 
Stuart Elson, a ministry spokesman, said at least two ministries are studying the issue. ''Education and awareness are best suited to the practical realities of farming,'' Elson said. ''We are continuing to work with the Ministry of Human Services to improve farm safety. That is all I can really say at this point.''
 
 
More Criticism of Policy
 
The NDP's agriculture critic used a stop in Lethbridge, Alta., to blast the government for what he called inaction on workplace safety for farm workers.
 
David Eggen said it's disturbing that the lives of Alberta labourers on the land appear to mean so little to the government.
 
''It's very dangerous work and farm workers are not being protected with the basic rights that other workers have here in Alberta,'' Eggen said.
 
''They're far behind the rest of Canadian farm workers and now suddenly (Premier Alison) Redford makes the page go dark on the statistics that we can use to track farm workers here in the province,” he added.
 
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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Broken Collarbone, Cracked Rib, and 65,000 Dollar Fine Are Result of Poor Safety

 

Fined for Breaching Health and Safety Legislation
 
Winstone Pulp International (Winstone) of Tangiwai, New Zealand has been fined for breaching health and safety legislation, leaving a worker with a broken collarbone and cracked rib, according to the country’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
 
The company was ordered to pay a fine of $55,500 and reparation to the victim of $10,000 for the injury in which a worker was crushed between heavy pallets of wood.
 
 
Worker on Out-Feed Deck & Could Not Hear Siren Warning
 
The Ohakune District Court heard that at the time of the accident the worker was on the out-feed deck and could not hear the machine’s siren to warn of an approaching pallet and was crushed between a moving pallet and a stationary one.
 
“Winstone has been remiss in a number of ways when it comes to the safety of its employees,” said central region health and safety manager for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Ona De Rooy.
 
 
Should have Been Adequate Staffing to Operate Machine
 
“There should have been adequate staffing to operate the stacker machine and the machine should have had a ‘dead man’ switch to prevent the stacker from automatically advancing the pallets. The victim should also have been trained to work on the machine if that was what he was required to do.
 
“This is an unacceptable example of an employer failing to take the steps required to keep their workers safe on the job. All too often employees are seriously injured at work, when it is their fundamental right to go home safely at the end of their working day,” De Rooy added.
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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Temporary or Part-Time Workers have 50 Percent Higher Injury Rate than Permanent Workers

 

A recent report from Safe Work Australia found that temporary or part-time workers recorded a work-related injury rate 50 percent higher than permanent workers in 2009-10 with females reporting a significantly higher rate of injuries per hour worked than males.

 

The reportAustralian work-related injury experience by sex and age (2009-2010), examines the work-related injury experience of male and female workers across different age groups. The report also provides data that can assist industry identify demographics where work health and safety can be improved.

 

In 2009-10, close to 640 000 workers reported they had suffered a work-related injury which is close to triple the population of a city the size of Hobart reporting a work-related injury.

 

While males recorded a 19 percent fall in the number of injuries incurred at work since 2005-06 the number for females increased by 11 percent. Although the decrease is reassuring the fact injury rates for females increased indicates that as a nation more effort is needed to improve work health and safety for our workers.

 

Other key findings of the report include:

 

  • Temporary or part-time workers reported 54 injuries per million hours worked compared with a rate of 35 for those with leave entitlements.
  • Working under shift arrangements or as a part-time worker was also associated with higher rates of injury. Half of all female workers worked part-time in 2009-10.
  • For each hour worked females had a 28 percent higher risk of injury compared with male workers.
  • High rates of injury were experienced in the accommodation and food services industry. This industry has high levels of temporary or part-time and part-time work.
  • The most common cause of injury across all age groups was sprain/strain.
  • Workers aged 15-24 recorded rates of injury substantially higher than other age groups.

 

Safe Work Australia provided funding to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to obtain this data. The report is the second using these data.

 

In November, 2011 Safe Work Australia published Work-related Injuries in Australia: Who did and did not receive workers compensation in 2009-10.

 

Australian work-related injury experience by sex and age, 2009-10 is available at:

www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au

 

 

 

<pAuthor Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com.

 


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Fishermen Look to Reel-In High Death Rate

 

Nova Scotia Fisherman 19 Times More Likely to Be Killed at Work
 
Nova Scotia fishermen are 19 times more likely to be killed at work than working Nova Scotians in general, according to Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) statistics.
 
In light of a recent Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report, it’s a somber reflection on the desperate need for cultural change in the province’s fishing sector.
 
The number of fatalities and injuries in the fishing industry is completely unacceptable,” said Stuart MacLean, chief executive officer of the WCB. “This is a proud, vibrant industry at the very core of our heritage. But it has a dark side. That dark side is the perceived acceptability of a fatal workplace hazard. This must change.”
 
Together with partner organizations working for change in the fishing industry, the WCBreleasedastatisticaloverviewrecently in response to the TSB report, which was based on a three-year investigation into fishing safety in Canada. The report calls for focus and concerted action in all regions to reduce the unacceptable death toll.
 
 
About Half of Canada’s Fishing Deaths occur in Nova Scotia
 
Since 1999, according to the report, 154 people have died in incidents in the fishing industry nationally. Nova Scotia’s share in that death toll is staggering. Comparing the years 2007-2010, 41 people died across the country in workplace incidents at sea. During that same time period, using the same definition as used in the TSB report, 19 people died fishing in Nova Scotia – meaning this province had just under half of the country’s fishing fatalities.
 
 
Cultural Lack of Acceptance for Protective Equipment Major Problem
 
The Transportation Safety Board also made a number of recommendations that speak directly to the need for cultural change in Nova Scotia’s fishing sector. Among the findings was the lack of acceptance of personal protective equipment – such as floatation devices which are easy to wear while working. Some 25% of fatalities across the country, the report notes, occur when someone falls overboard and can’t get back on the vessel easily. And yet, many fishermen refuse to wear PFDs.
 
There are many workable, affordable PFDs out there, but as the TSB report notes, there are underlying cultural barriers that keep people from wearing them,” said Stewart Franck, executive director of the Fishing Safety Association of NS. “Repeatedly we hear that the best PFD is one that is worn. Fishers, safety advocates, manufacturers and regulators must work together to identify equipment that is acceptable. This will save lives, better allowing for rapid retrieval of those who fall overboard. Not only is it the law, it clearly makes sense to use protective equipment when working on or near the water.”
 
Overcoming those cultural barriers requires industry-based support for change. That’s why the WCB is working with the FSANS and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to raise awareness of the issue, the acceptance of the need for something different, and the long-term behaviour change to make it real.
 
No matter what the job or where they work, all Nova Scotians have the right and the responsibility to keep themselves and each other safe,” said Minister Marilyn More, Labour and Advanced Education. “All workplace injuries and deaths are preventable and we must all play our parts to make safety second nature on every fishing vessel in the province.”
 
 
Rolling Out and Awareness Campaign
 
During the recent National Drowning Prevention Week, the WCB, FSANS, and Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education rolled out an awareness campaign about the need for change in the fishing industry. The campaign included print and radio ads featuring safety champions from the fishing industry – Leonard LeBlanc, a Cheticamp fisherman, and Marilyn D’Entremont, a widow from Pubnico whose husband, Lewis, tragically died while fishing for herring.
 
The fishing industry also has one of the highest injury rates overall in Nova Scotia.  In 2011, about 330 people were hurt on the job in the sector and of those, 135 were serious injuries that resulted in time lost from work. Those numbers take not only a human toll, but a financial one, affecting WCB rates for the sector.
 
“If nothing changes, people will continue to die at work in this industry,” said MacLean. “Fishermen have faced dangerous conditions for far too long, and they are an important part of the solution to save lives in their industry.”
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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British Union Reacts to Call to Charge Workers for Employment Tribunal Claims

 

The recent British Department of Justice announcement that workers will be charged to bring employment tribunal claims “denies many workers their right to justice” – UNISON commented.
 
The UK’s largest union condemned the move, which it says will also cause severe difficulties for multiple claims such as those it has lodged seeking equal pay for women workers.
 
According to the union, many women would have lost out on equal pay claims if they had to pay money up front to access employment tribunals. UNISON said that by excluding those who do not have the cash to pay for justice, the Department is opening the floodgates for unscrupulous employers to take advantage of workers, knowing that they cannot afford to speak out.
 
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis noted, “This is a disgraceful move that tips the scales of justice heavily towards employers, and denies legal redress to those who do not have the cash to pay for it.
 
Because we do not have class actions in this country, UNISON has been involved in lodging equal pay claims for hundreds and thousands of women. If those women did not have union backing, and had to pay up front for access to justice, many would have lost out.
 
It beggars belief that this decision has been made when implementing these charges will be complicated, expensive to the point of grossly wasteful, and contrary to workers’ rights.”
 
Prentis added that  “Workers in the UK are already subject to the toughest employment laws in Europe, and this move represents another blow against workers’ employment rights at a time when they have never been more needed or valuable.”
 
 
 

Author Michael B. Stack, CPA, Director of Operations, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in employer communication systems and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. He is a writer, speaker, and website publisher.  www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com Contact mstack@reduceyourworkerscomp.com

 

 


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