Workplace safety ‘failing miserably’

Provinces hire more safety inspectors in effort to decrease injuries, deaths
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/06/2006

In 2004, 928 people died because of workplace injuries, an average of three deaths per day, according to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada.

In the United States, with a working population nearly nine times that of Canada’s, there were only 5,703 fatal injuries in 2004, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. To be on par with Canada’s work-related deaths, that number should be more than 8,200.

“Safety is failing and it’s failing miserably,” said Rob Stewart, an occupational health and safety consultant with Calgary-based Pragmatic Solutions a firm that specializes in safety programs.